Suicide and Media Reporting: A Longitudinal and Spatial Analysis

Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric EpidemiologySocial Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology, Published online 10 August 2012

Yang AC, Tsai SJ, Yang CH, Shia BC, Fuh JL, Wang SJ, Peng CK, and Huang NE

“PURPOSE: The impact of media reporting on copycat suicides has been well established in various cases of celebrity suicide. However, knowledge is limited about the spatial and temporal relationship between suicide death and media reporting over a long period of time. This study investigated the association of suicide deaths with suicide news in longitudinal and spatial dimensions.

“METHODS: All suicides during 2003-2010 (n = 31,364) were included. Suicide news in the study period was retrieved from Google News, and included all available news media in Taiwan. Empirical mode decomposition was used to identify the main intrinsic oscillation, reflecting both major and minor suicide events, and time-dependent intrinsic correlation was used to quantify the temporal correlation between suicide deaths and suicide news.

“RESULTS: The media reporting of suicide was synchronized with increased suicide deaths during major suicide events such as celebrity death, and slightly lagged behind the suicide deaths for 1 month in other periods without notable celebrity deaths. The means of suicide reported in the media diversely affected the suicide models. Reports of charcoal burning suicide exhibited an exclusive copycat effect on actual charcoal burning deaths, whereas media reports of jumping had a wide association with various suicide models. Media reports of suicide had a higher association with suicide deaths in urban than in rural areas.

“CONCLUSIONS: This report suggested that a delayed effect of copycat suicide may exist in media reports of minor suicide events. The competitive reporting of minor suicide events must be avoided and addressed by media professionals.”

Esri Launches European Wind User Group

Esri logoMembers Share Insight into Spatial Technology to Develop, Plan, and Maintain Wind Farms

Wind energy professionals across Europe now have a local source for the exchange of ideas, success stories, and information about geospatial technology for on- and offshore wind farms: the Esri European Wind User Group. The group’s mission is to discuss the best ways to meet daily challenges and learn how proven applications of geographic information system (GIS) technology from Esri and its partners can support wind farm business processes.

“GIS technology allows us to develop, plan, and maintain wind farms,” said Anders Røpke, president of the European Wind User Group and GIS and environmental engineer for DONG Energy A/S in Denmark. “Spatial overview and analysis adds direct value to the DONG Energy wind power organization. Applied GIS services and analysis contribute positively to the business case for offshore wind power production.”

The first European Wind User Group meeting was held this past May in Gentofte, Denmark. The event was hosted by DONG Energy along with Informi GIS A/S, Esri’s distributor in Denmark.

Wind energy professionals, including operators and developers, are welcome to join the group via LinkedIn to stay apprised of upcoming events.

[Source: Esri press release]