This. I actually grew up in a fairly small town in New Zealand, and we had something like 8 suicides in all in the year I was 16. Some of them new each other, most of them didn't, and they came from all different schools and social groups. I'm not sure why it happens in strings like this, but it's definitely a thing. Definitely keep a close eye on your cousin if you think she may be depressed, or even if she isn't, she might still need your support.
^ That's terrible, my condolences to him.
My grandma just called to say that there's been another teen suicide in the tiny country town she lives in in New Zealand, the third in less than 6 months. I'm not sure what the motive was for the first one, but the other 2 were so tragic... a girl broke up with her boyfriend and he shot himself the next day, then a week later (today) she hung herself and her father found her and tried to revive her, but it was too late. All 3 of these kids were in my cousin's class at school and she's been so upset about it all. I think it's really getting to me because I can really tell my grandma is worried about my cousin and how this kinda thing just doesn't happen in her happy little town. I just can't fathom killing yourself because a high school relationship ended - most of them do. Sure, it feels like the worst thing in the world at the time but they have to know deep down things will probably get better, they'll find someone else, etc. I dunno. Maybe I was abnormally mature about that kinda thing when I was a teenager. But for the girl to have seen what her ex-boyfriend's family were going through after his suicide, and then to still go through with her own... gah. Don't get it. I guess that's why I'm not a counselor/psychologist.
Oh look, it's something I learned in college....
It's not at all uncommon for teens to commit suicide in strings. As nearly as anyone has been able
to determine, there's no cause-effect course from one to another, and often the kids involved don't
know each other, but it'll happen in a single class, different classes in the same school, or even just
as different schools in nearby communities. Around here, if a kid from any nearby school commits
suicide, they send a memo out to teachers in the whole district to be extra vigilant for signs of distress.
Chain reaction. A few years ago, in our old neighbourhood, a 55 years old teacher had committed suicide, she was a person i used to know, a good friend of my mum. Not long after, i heard that her neighbour downstairs also committed suicide. I didn't have any idea who he was until a couple of months ago, i've heard that he was my classmate from the elementary school.
He had his plate full, i guess he couldn't get used to the cruelty and bullying in the highschool (He was hairlipped, and as some fucktards used to mock at him, he was quite sensitive and depressive), anyway him committing suicide was not something people could see coming.
He might have got even more depressed after our teacher had committed suicide. I don't know.
You know human brain is strange, hearing the suicidal of somebody might affect everybody in different ways. Some people take the courage, some people get scared, some get depressed.