February 13, 2006

Text messaging becoming a common form of suicide note

According to the Irish Examiner, a coroner revealed that people about to take their own lives are increasingly using text messages and voicemail instead of handwritten notes as a means of delivering the chilling messages.

"The coroner for south Mayo John O’Dwyer said the use of mobile phones was becoming a common way of notifying family or friends."

And disturbing. "Irish Association of Suicidology secretary Dr John Connolly said research had shown that motor fatalities increased the week after a suicide story. He said the more publicity the suicides received, the more motor fatalities increased just afterwards. The increase was greatest in the areas where the suicide was most heavily publicised."

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