»Social Media and Suicide Prevention?« - Vortrag WPA Kongress 2017, Berlin

Social Media and Suicide Prevention? Introducing the YouTube-series »Komm, lieber Tod« (engl. title: »Come, dear death«)

Welche Rolle spielen die sozialen Medien bei der Prävention und was können sie leisten?


Die YouTube-Serie »Komm lieber Tod« verzeichnet bereits über 1 Millionen Aufrufe und zeichnet ein Leben mit der Todessehnsucht nach. Die Reaktionen von Betroffenen und Nicht-Betroffenen sind überragend positiv. 

Der Protagonist und der Produzent der Serie stellen die Serie einem Fachpublikum beim World Congress of Psychiatry in Berlin vor (Vortrag in englischer Sprache).

Mittwoch, 11. Oktober 2017, 11:45 - 13:15, Hall London 3 - Berlin, Kongresszentrum 

For years, the media coverage of suicide has been a dilemma between the code governing behavior of the press and the contemporary tendency for a social demystification. On the one hand, one calls for a breaking of taboos, and on the other hand the self-restriction of the media coverage prevents a really open manner of dealing with the taboo subject of suicide.
As a recent example, the responses to the Netflix series "13 reasons why" (German title: "Tote Mädchen lügen nicht") can serve here:
The experts warn against watching the series, but the viewers are enthusiastic about the realistic, comprehensible presentation. The focus is on the so-called Werther effect, also known as an imitation effect. The thesis: Concrete representations about suicides in the media or corresponding films and series can lead labile people to suicide. A current opinion of the DGPPN of June 2017 not only repeatedly warns about the series, but also calls for even greater control in the media coverage.
The Werther effect differs from the Papageno effect. Reports of people who have overcome a severe (suicidal) crisis can make a preventative effect. Why does this effect not play a significant role in the media coverage?
What are the current contrasts of reporting? And who is in control of the Internet anyway?
Through social media, young people are now creating their own media world, collecting and exchanging their information. The best suicide methods, specific instructions and dosages can be found on the Internet and are just a click away at Google. We find it imperative to share the life experiences of people with mental illnesses, suicidal thoughts and also attempts at suicide in order to better understand and help the emotions and living conditions of those affected, or to better classify their own feelings and thoughts and to recognize the need in an emergency at an early stage.
This goal is followed by the makers of the YouTube series "Come, dear death" (German title: "Komm, lieber Tod"), in which Stefan Lange reports in over 60 episodes from his suicidal life full of ups and downs. The series has already recorded over 1 million clicks and the reactions of the audience, those affected and non-affected, are outstandingly positive. The goal and method of the biography series is the »Learning From Life Experiences«, for which the charitable association »Stigma e.V.« was founded this year.
6 episodes of the series are shown (about 35 min., original language German with English subtitles). Stefan Lange and Paul Lücke would be delighted if it were then followed by a lively discussion which would be chaired by Professor M. Wolfersdorf.

Link zum Kongressprogramm: WPA-Congress 2017

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