Sunday, February 17, 2008

One theme that seems to be running through the papers this morning is suicide.

The events of Bridgend are at the centre of the stories with concerns as two2 more youngsters from the area kill themselves.

The Telegraph carries the story of

A network of "suicide gurus" who use the internet to advise people how to kill themselves has been exposed.They are blamed for prompting depressed and vulnerable youngsters to take their own lives.
One, an American satanist who boasts of writing a guide to the subject, says: "What's the problem with ending your life via suicide?"
Another is a "pro-choice" Dutch writer whose website includes detailed accounts of dozens of suicide methods.

The Observer under the headline "Calls to Samaritans soar after Bridgend suicides" reports that

As the deaths of two close cousins last week brought the number of suspected suicides involving young people to 16, the charity said branches across Wales had reported a rise in calls from under-25s. It is believed the increase is due to a heightened level of awareness as schools and health officials step up a campaign to make vulnerable teenagers and young adults aware of counselling services following the high-profile cluster of deaths.

The Sunday Mirror reporting from tells us

The latest Bridgend suicide victim sent her lesbian lover a goodbye text moments before hanging herself.
Kelly Stephenson, 20, said simply "I love you" to girlfriend Aimee Au-Yeung.
But Aimee, 22, didn't realise the text's significance until hours later when she discovered her partner of three years was dead ...the latest youngster to die in the suicide craze sweeping the South Wales town.

And leads with another suicide story that

Balcony plunge dad John Hogan will be a free man in just three months. Doctors in Greece say he has made remarkable progress and - just three weeks after the trial - are already planning to release him

Finally the News of the World has as its lead that Jordon

had rows that pushed her to the edge of suicide

That was the awful moment she deliberately reached out for her handbag and grasped a small package.
It had arrived through an old friend from Jordan's clubbing days—in response to a plea for something, anything, to relieve her depression.
Jordan recalled: "I'm so ashamed of what happened next.
"After I'd taken it I thought, ‘This feels good' and I took some more." But then the drug took over. "My heart seemed to be racing fast, I felt hot and I began to panic," she said.
"Oh my God, had I overdosed? Was I going to die?"

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