the role of the internet caused all of these suicides?
Sociologists still struggle to understand why Bridgend became “Suicide Central”, but now agree what happened was a rare cluster and deaths spread by behavioural contagion.
Throughout history, there have been similar events. For example, in the month after Marilyn Monroe took her life, there were 197 recorded suicides, mostly of young blonde women who appeared to have used the movie icon’s death as a model for their own.*
For youngsters, the “permission” to commit suicide can come in the form of sentimental eulogies on social media.
In his book The Dark Net, author and academic Jamie Bartlett explores the idea.
“It operates at a subconscious level,” he explains. “People will go on sites and see other people who have killed themselves being admired within the community, and it does have an effect.
“There are still some cases of people who actively encourage suicidal behaviour online, but a lot of it is far more subtle. It’s the accidental glamourising or romanticising of a behaviour to people who are vulnerable.”
In September 2015, Public Health England issued a report to agencies about suicide clusters and how to deal with them.
The document was prepared by Oxford University Centre For Suicide Research and recommended measures that local health and education services should develop to deal with suicide contagion.
The report explained the role the internet can play in developing clusters, stating that suicidal behaviour is spreading on social media, and advised suicide surveillance groups to monitor online accounts and identify those at risk.
this account by James Casbolt?
I’ve been warned I could be killed even more quickly for disclosing the next piece of information, as it’s so close to home; however, with all the secrecy falling apart, it hardly matters now. The cat is well and truly out of the bag. This concerns the recent spate of suicides of young people in the town of Bridgend in Wales. Twenty three individuals have killed themselves in 20 months here.
Seven deaths were linked as a possible “cluster.” The population is only 32,000 here. Dale Crole, 18, hanged himself in a derelict warehouse on January, 5th 2007. His friend, David Dillings, 19, hanged himself on February 18th. Thomas Davies, 20, who knew both of them, hanged himself in a park a week later. Zachary Barnes, 17, who hanged himself on August 11th, is also believed to have known the other victims. In December, Liam Clarke, a friend of Crole, was found hanged in a park. Gareth Morgan, 27, who knew Clarke, died on January 5th this year. Natasha Randell, 17, posted a tribute message to Clarke on her Bebo page two days before she hanged herself on January 17th. On February 13th, Kelly Stephenson was found hanged a few hours after her cousin Nathaniel Pritchard, 15, was declared dead following a suspected suicide. The two cousins were said to be “very close,” and on one of Ms. Stephenson’s Bebo pages, there were tributes to Clarke, Randell and Barnes. Jenna Parry, 16, found hanged on the morning of 19th February, was thought to be a close friend of at least one other victim.
So what is going on here really? I was directly briefed by British Intelligence that in five of the news reports, there were members of MI-6 and Group 5-8 special forces working on telephone poles and in telephone boxes in the background while cameras where interviewing newscasters. These operatives were searching an “item,” which has recently gone missing from the underground genetics facility below Brecon Beacons in Wales, known as Trapdoor. This so called item is a Chimera that has gone AWOL. It is referred to as a “feeder,” as being near to it reveals such feelings as intense suicidal tendencies and depression. The reason being is that it telepathically feeds on the taste of fear. The intel operatives in the news background are a message to the community saying,
“we’re attempting to get the situation under control and track this thing down.” The reality of the situation is that the Chimera came into the town and engaged these young people in conversation. It hen telepathically hypnotized them with various subliminal suggestions. After this, it went back to the place it was staying (possibly a B&B) and performed a type of remote viewing to the location where the individual was in the process of committing suicide and “fed” off the energies being released here. Modern scientific investigations are now reporting that some reptile species on earth have a type of orgasm when they die, as huge amounts of endorphins are released.