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Why young people feel safer talking about suicide online than in real life

By Maria Michail, Senior Birmingham Fellow, University of Birmingham
Anna Lavis, Lecturer in Medical Anthropology, University of Birmingham
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After Oprah Winfrey’s interview with Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, much-needed conversations about mental health and specifically suicide opened up in society. Viewers heard Meghan talk candidly about a very difficult time in her life, describing how gradually, a claustrophobic sense of being trapped with no way out had left her feeling like she didn’t want to be alive anymore.

Although Meghan’s openness was praised by many mental health charities…

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