Questions still unanswered in bizarre...

Questions still unanswered in bizarre death of Blue Ridge Relay runner

There are 3 comments on the The Mountain Times story from Sep 17, 2009, titled Questions still unanswered in bizarre death of Blue Ridge Relay runner. In it, The Mountain Times reports that:

In what senior law enforcement officials are calling one of the 'most bizarre things [they] have ever seen,' a Blacksburg, Va., man participating in last weekend's Blue Ridge Relay apparently took his own life after disappearing from the race early Friday afternoon.

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Irresponsible Journalism

United States

#1 Sep 26, 2009
Studies have shown that irresponsible and sensational reporting of suicides does increase the incidence. There have now been three suicides in Ashe County, North Carolina in three days. I have been attempting to get the local media of that region to cease the tabloid-like discussion of the death of J.W. Young-Corbett, to no avail. Please join me in requesting that they adhere to professional journalistic standards and not publish such insensitive stories.--Deborah Young-Corbett
Suicide Contagion

United States

#2 Sep 27, 2009
In November 1989, a national workshop that included suicidologists, public health officials, researchers, psychiatrists, psychologists, and news media professionals was held to address general concerns about, and specific recommendations for, reducing the possibility of media-related suicide contagion. These recommendations, which are endorsed by CDC, outline general issues that public officials and health and media professionals should consider when reporting about suicide. These recommendations include a depiction of those aspects of news coverage that can promote suicide contagion, and they describe ways by which community efforts to address this problem can be strengthened through specific types of news coverage.
Mike Morris

Powell, OH

#3 Oct 21, 2009
With respect to Mrs. Young-Corbett, when this news arrived to all of the runners of the BRR, we were all shocked and saddened by what had happened to one of our own. There were more questions than answers, and there still are for many of us. Runners are a group of human beings that want to fend off death and debilitating health issues like the plague. What happened to J.W. happened to all of us in spirit. Are we headed down the wrong path? Are we driving ourselves down the same road that lead J.W. to his demise? I understand suicide contagion, but with no answers brings more doubt in our own mortality.

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