National Council Ted Talk 2015 - "Ebola & Suicide: Fear Vs. Facts"
After Robin Williams’ suicide, the Academy of Motion Pictures tweeted an image of Aladdin hugging the character voiced by Williams, saying, “Genie, you’re free.” Aiming to offer comfort, it also prompted media discussion about the dangers of “suicide contagion.” Using the science of disease contagion, confront myths about suicide spread and explore why deaths increase after high-profile suicides and why “suicide clusters” sometimes occur in small communities. The desire to die by suicide isn’t catching: it’s a response to intolerable emotional pain. But, suicide prevention does have a key factor that is catching — and it can make all the difference.
Published on: Mar 3, 2016
Transcripts - National Council Ted Talk 2015 - "Ebola & Suicide: Fear Vs. Facts"
Fear Vs. Facts (Ebola & Suicide)
David W. Covington, LPC, MBA
CEO & President, Recovery Innovations, Inc.
Co-lead, Zero Suicide Advisory Group (with Dr. Mike Hogan)
Disease Transmission R Nought
Measles Airborne 12 – 18
2 - 5
2 – 5
2 – 3
1.5 – 2.5