Why this has become a global news story is that the suicide victims now include Amber Siyavus. She's the daughter of a former Big Brother contestant. Here are more details from Emily Crane at the DailyMail.
Likely parents fear more suicides in Perry Township. They should.
Now that suicides are increasing, what has become fairly well known is the cluster phenomenon.
In Kentucky, during a period of about three years, at least a dozen trial lawyers killed themselves.
At New York University, Cornell, and the University of Pennsylvania, there had also been the cluster phenomenon.
In my own extended family, there had been three suicides within a short timeframe.
In her classic on suicide "Night Falls Fast," Johns Hopkins professor Kay Jamison discusses the cluster effect.
Actually, its existence shouldn't be a surprise.
Researchers have documented mirror neurons in the brain. Yes, humans impact each other cell-by-cell. That's exactly why mom and the nuns in Roman Catholic school warned us when we were young about "bad companions."
The biggest hearts and the best minds in Perry Township have to figure out how to dismantle this force field. It's a strange kind of voodoo.
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