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The Suicide Prevention Coalition of Colorado (SPCC) was formed in 1999, when concerned citizens set out to create a statewide agency with the purpose of preventing suicide and creating a resource network for those who were working to prevent suicide around the state.

Today, SPCC’s membership of concerned agencies, organizations and individuals who are working in the areas of suicide prevention, intervention and postvention has statewide reach.

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Celebrity Suicides and the Contagion Effect


High-profile celebrity suicides aren’t just painful for fans, they can create a contagion effect that potentially increases the risk of suicide in others.

In the wake of the recent suicides of Chester Bennington (frontman of the band Linkin Park) and Chris Cornell (frontman of the bands Soundgarden and Audioslave), the idea of a possible contagion effect is at the forefront of many minds in suicide prevention.

To help prevent related suicides, communication professionals should take care to report on celebrity suicides effectively, compassionately, and truthfully. The Suicide Prevention Lifeline and leading experts have developed advice and direction that journalists can use when communicating about suicide. The document can be found here.

Read more about celebrity suicides and the contagion effect here.

If you or someone you know is experiencing suicidal thoughts, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1(800)273-8255 or Colorado Crisis Services at 1(844)493-TALK (8255).

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