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Sun Nov 27, 2005 4:37 am
Supermal says...



This was a really hard topic for me to decide where to put, so if you have a better idea, please tell me.
Anyways, I have this idea for a story, but I had a question.
It's about a high school psychologists file on a group of students showing the varying effects of one girls' suicide.
I'm planning on making it so that it's written in the usual form a book is usually written in as each person is interviewed. I'm thinking that there might be five or six characters (older sister, ex-boyfriend, best friend, enemy, etc.) but all will eventually be shown to have been severely effected by this one girls death, each feeling slightly responsible. After each interview, there will be a short document (sort of a diagnosis) written by the psychologist.
What I'm wondering is, would this possibly cause depression-prone people to become depressed/more depressed or even commit suicide if it were ever to be published? I have read a few articles saying that when people who are depressed read articles, books and such about suicide and depression, it has negative effects on them.
I feel for once I may be able to get this finished, but I wouldn't like to ever publish something if it would only cause harm.
Please give me your thoughts, and whether or not you like the idea for my story.
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Sun Nov 27, 2005 8:03 am
Crysi says...



Good question.

When I was depressed, reading about people cutting led me to do the same. However, now I know that if something is depressing/"triggering," I can't read it. I think that you should be fine as long as you make it obvious with the description that it involves a girl's suicide. Since that's the point of the book, I don't think you should have a problem with that. Sounds like a very interesting read!




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Sun Nov 27, 2005 8:06 am
Snoink says...



Adding a touch of hope always helps. And, if the said people are agonizing over how much they miss the person, maybe it won't be so bad...?
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Wed Nov 30, 2005 7:36 am
Griffinkeeper says...



I don't know. Showing a person that is depressed that he will be missed if he kills himself is a powerful deterrent. But, that is your call.
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