Thursday, November 5, 2009

‘New Moon’ May Cause Teen Suicide

WESTMINSTER, Colo. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – The upcoming vampire flick, New Moon, may lead teens to commit suicide.

The Twilight sequel – out November 20 – follows a teen girl’s descent into depression and suicidal tendencies after she loses her beloved vampire boyfriend, Edward Cullen.

Dale Emme, of the Yellow Ribbon Suicide Prevention Program, says New Moon’s angsty plot treads dangerous territory and may cause lovelorn teens to try to take their own lives after a bad break-up.

Because the series is so popular, it can affect many youth at once. He believes teens may identify with Bella Swan’s depression, and emulate the character’s behavior.

He adds, “By her attempting suicide in the storyline, they might too.”

It’s especially risky for Twihards who are dealing with insecurities similar to Bella’s – who doesn’t feel pretty or worthy of love.

They’re even more likely to copy her actions.

And though Bella survives her suicide attempts, real life mortals may not be so lucky.

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