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    'Suicide Town'

    Two cousins from 'suicide town' hang themselves within hours as death toll rises

    The death toll in a small town hit by a spate of suicides rose to 16 yesterday when two young cousins were found hanged. They died hours apart, leaving the South Wales community of Bridgend reeling from the continuing string of tragedies.

    Nathaniel Pritchard, 15, was still alive when he was discovered in an attic room at the family home on Wednesday but died yesterday morning when his life-support machine was turned off.

    His cousin Kelly Stephenson, 20, had been told of Nathaniel's suicide bid while she was on holiday in Folkestone, Kent, and warned there was little hope he would survive.

    Kelly - who knew two of the young men who died last year - was found dead shortly after midnight yesterday by a relative.


    More here: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/pages/liv...e_id=1770&ct=5

    Has this story already been posted here? it is shocking how now 16 young people have committed suicide since January, 2007 in a small town in the United Kingdom and it keeps happening! police saying they don't think there's any connection between the suicides defies belief!

    ETA: there is too much going on here. i found a story on 13 of the deaths from last year:

    Why did they die so young? Police re-examine files on 13 tragedies

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2008/ja...4.mainsection6

    Is it a cult? is some drug doing this to them? what? some weird experiement?

    if it could happen here, could it happen in a town you know?

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    Hate to say it Floh but i think theres something paranormal at work here.

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    Its very weird.

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    Thinking there is some sort of pact or cult thing going on.

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    Cool

    Really wied.
    Don't drink the water there.....

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    Or, it's youth unable to cope with the idea of mortality, and unable to cope with the realization that someone they knew died? I think it's "Disney syndrome" myself. (I know I've read news articles about this phenomena, basically the kids are so sheltered, they *CANNOT* cope with reality, they think life is like the Disney cartoons, and either have a psychotic break or kill themselves when they see it isn't. I'm not finding an article about it just yet, but I will keep looking and post if I do find something.) They cannot cope with reality. Too much "groupthink" too, they are almost a hive mind. (Group think is dangerous, btw, so is sheltering your children to the point that they have Disney syndrome/complex, or whatever the more proper term for the phenomena is.) ETA: The trend in schools now is to teach children to be "team players" by having homework assignments done by groups. They are trained to go along with the group, not against the group. This is so they can grow up to work in a corporate environment. (And be proper "team players" aka corporate drones.) Makes me sick. Free thought, thinking outside the box, what is that?

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    Nah definately paranormal phenomenon

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    isn't there a lot of copycat suicides. like one kid dies, and then he gets adoration and attention, so another kid does it, and so on and so on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MistyM View Post
    isn't there a lot of copycat suicides. like one kid dies, and then he gets adoration and attention, so another kid does it, and so on and so on.
    That too. But that can come with groupthink as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MistyM View Post
    isn't there a lot of copycat suicides. like one kid dies, and then he gets adoration and attention, so another kid does it, and so on and so on.
    That does happen but typically not to this extent.


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    Something similar is happening on Nantucket, winter population of under 10,000.

    http://www.capecodonline.com/apps/pb...NEWS/801200343

    The adults now seem to think the kids are given too much sympathy, and not enough is being said about just how wrong suicide is. So sad for the entire island.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Moe View Post
    Something similar is happening on Nantucket, winter population of under 10,000.

    http://www.capecodonline.com/apps/pb...NEWS/801200343

    The adults now seem to think the kids are given too much sympathy, and not enough is being said about just how wrong suicide is. So sad for the entire island.
    Horrendous.

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    A small town near me had the same phenomenon some years back but not as many kids. The parents got so anxious because there didn't seem to be rhyme or reason and they worried if their child would be next because it seemed almost contagious. The school got very involved by bringing in a counseling team. This episode ended as quickly as it began. It was in the wintertime.

    I have been to the beautiful country of Wales and I can't imagine this happening. I wonder how many of those were on antidepressants.

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    This is a case of a well-documented and often undertreated psychological phenomenon among teenagers.
    The FIRST suicide was a true suicide of a tortured young person who was clinically depressed and died because of it.
    The majority of the others are teens imitating teens, because a teenager has no true sense of their own mortality. We see evidence of the lack of understanding of their mortality and even lack of understanding that bad things can happen to each of them, when teens do things like drag race, drink and drive, use drugs and engage in risky behavior with weapons, extreme sports and their trust of strangers.
    Often a teenager has never experienced fear in their lives until just before their body hits the water, or just before the noose tightens. Usually, teens who commit mass suicide like in this town have a huge " Uh Oh" moment when it's too late to reverse the situation. They don't mean to be dead... They are NOT all depressed or suicidal by any means.

    It is a tragedy which calls for massive psychological intervention, optimally by bringing psychologists and other mental health care professionals into the area for an extended period of time to interview every living friend and peer of the dead teens, if they will consent to a helping hand. Schools and parents have to both educate teens and protect them in special ways for quite a while until the glamour of a publicized death spree stops being glamourous to the living.
    The cycle can be stopped with direct interaction involving love and providing the child with a security as well. A few of the adult interventional measures which help teens to live through peer mass suicide are: holding private, family only services for the latest dead children, parents imposing curfews on their teens on both school nights and weekends, families eating meals together and talking together in the AM before school and being together as a family until bedtime, involving each teenager in charitable acts and current affairs such as volunteerism ( taking the emphasis off self).
    A life which is grounded in a strong family love and a personal sense of spirituality with a personal belief in God is much less likely to end in a hasty fatal decision " to be like Susie or John". This doesn't develop overnight, but teens respond quickly to positive interaction and love. The cycle can be broken by them understanding that their life is so priceless to those who love them.

    I think the following practice is a USA phenomenon, and I apologize in advance if there are people here who do this but it has always bothered me to see the roadside handmade crosses and memorials of flowers and teddy bears left to accident fatalities in the USA, particularly when the person killed was a teenager, who often has a photo left at the makeshirt memorial site.
    Often, the memoralization, no matter how well intended, will provide the impetus for another teen to want their own memorialization. If you look, the crosses are often in a cluster, not because of some quirky danger at that spot in the road, but because in a teen's mind, the romantic idea of being remembered with a cross and flowers on the side of the road for all to see is permanent. The idea of one's death at this age is NOT one of permanence.


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    Paranormal? I'm baffled by that...

    I think it is kids that THINK they are having a hard time dealing with life, so they think they are left with no alternative.

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