Cookies on this website
We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. If you click 'Continue' we'll assume that you are happy to receive all cookies and you won't see this message again. Click 'Find out more' for information on how to change your cookie settings.

Eminent figures such as Professor Keith Hawton of Oxford University have been warning the media for years about copycat suicide. We need to remember that one in six of those who read newspapers and watch TV has a mental health problem and that 6,000 people take their lives every year – that's 16 families bereaved every day.

Werther fever