An older cousin of the 17 year old male who took his life a few weeks back, has also taken his life.* Both had connections to Glenbrook North High School and to St. Norbert's Catholic Parish. Several Churches in Northbrook have mobilized to provide support to community adolescents and others affected by these tragedies.
Links to Additional Information.
So You Think You Might Want To Kill Yourself; Lets Talk.
Community Provided Postvention Activities.
Helping Adolescents and Young Adults Learn to Grieve.
Many questions remain, if social network posts are any indication parents are on edge and I'm sure all of us hope there will be no more suicides. Time will tell. I for one will be interested in how the press handles this and if Glenbrook North weighs in or chooses to stay back. And my sincere condolence's goes out to all the family and friends who are victims of these needless actions. There really are no words to blunt blows like these.
The following is from the Village Presbyterian Church;
In a previous post I wrote that "Many have rightfully suggested that suicide clusters have been spurred by contagion, also known as the "Werther Effect" (a synonym for media induced imitation effects of suicidal behavior).
A suicide cluster is defined by scientists as three or more suicides in a specific location that occur over a short period of time. Contagion is a term used to identify those situations where there is some linkage between the deaths such as personal knowledge of each other, a shared identity as in school attendance or simply an age range within a specific geographical location. While the term cluster denotes a linkage of location, contagion describes an hypothesized relationship that is in some way related to cause and effect."
So far the press has been appropriately silent for the most part. Lets all hope this taking of ones life ends here and now.
Information on what to look for regarding suicide and lethality:
*Some information exists that perhaps the number is actually 3. I have been unable to confirm the possible third former student but word is it happened within the past 4 weeks or so. I expect the press to track that issue down fairly quickly.