“Werther effect” – Media, a potential preventive tool for suicidal behaviour


  • Soumya P Thomas Senior resident, Department of Psychiatry, PushpagiriMedical College & Research Centre Thiruvalla
  • Sheena Varughese Assistant Professor,  Department of Psychiatry, PushpagiriMedical College & Research Centre Thiruvalla
  • RA Kallivayalil Professor & Head, Department of Psychiatry, PushpagiriMedical College & Research Centre Thiruvalla




Werther effect, suicide, social media


Suicide, with all its psychosocial impacts, is a major public health problem and needs prompt preventive approaches considering its increasing magnitude. In this era of the internet, people started to rely more on data available at their fingertips than the print media. And this is the time to apply the knowledge we had gained of print media reporting on suicide (its limitations and possibilities) to online media. This article tries to bring attention to some of the recommendations for media reporting on suicide and the need for researches based on the online media platform.


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How to Cite

Thomas, S. P., Varughese, S., & Kallivayalil, R. A. (2020). “Werther effect” – Media, a potential preventive tool for suicidal behaviour. Kerala Journal of Psychiatry, 33(2), 170–172. https://doi.org/10.30834/KJP.33.2.2020.207