Selection of Person of the Year from Public Health Perspective: Promotion of Mass Clusters of Copycat Self-immolation

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Mehran Zarghami 1 , *

1 Professor of Psychiatry, Zare Hospital, Taravat St., Neka Road, Mazandaran, Sari, Iran

How to Cite: Zarghami M. Selection of Person of the Year from Public Health Perspective: Promotion of Mass Clusters of Copycat Self-immolation, Iran J Psychiatry Behav Sci. 2012 ; 6(1):1-12.

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Iranian Journal of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences: 6 (1); 1-12
Published Online: June 30, 2012
Article Type: Editorial
Received: April 09, 2012
Accepted: May 14, 2012

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Abstract

Suicide is a complex phenomenon with multiple diverse causes. It is obvious that if the media give rewards to the suicides directly or indirectly, they will have more copycat ef ect. It seems that political means in the #_> mainstream media, particularly in the Western world overshadow public health- especially mental health- issues. Selection of a Tunisian fruit vendor who set himself on fire in a public square as the person of the year by Time Magazine is a good example in this domain. Mass clusters of copycat altruistic self-burning promotion in the Middle East and North Africa obviously demonstrate the importance of the dilemma and its relevance in terms of public health, and the need to develop efficacious interruptive strategies able to prevent people from committing a dramatic fatal act.

Declaration of Interest: None.

Citation: Zarghami M. Selection of Person of the Year from Public Health Perspective: Promotion of Mass Clusters of Copycat Self-immolation. Iran J Psychiatry Behav Sci 2011; 6(1): 1-11.

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