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There’s been discussion here  — and in an oped by Lawrence Harmon  in yesterday’s Globe — about comments made by Dr. Susan Swick at Newton South last week about suicide not being contagious. Here’s the quote by Swick , Newton Wellesley Hospital’s chief of child and adolescent psychiatry, that’s been getting all the attention:

“Suicide is not contagious…. It’s not like the flu. It’s not norovirus. You can’t catch it. It doesn’t travel through a community in that way.’’

But as School Committee member Steve Siegel  noted here, Swick’s comments were more nuanced than the reports  or that excerpt suggests. So I decided to go back and review the video from Tuesday’s parent meeting at South. I suggest watching from when Swick begins her comments at about the 9 minute mark. Her comments about suicide being contagious start at the 12:30 mark.







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