The Papageno effect from social media is the mirror image of the Werther effect on suicide occurrence.

Papageno refers to a character in Mozart's opera "The Magic Flute" who was persuaded not to commit suicide.


Features of the Papageno effect:

(1) a person with suicidal thoughts

(2) the person is suggestive

(3) the person is exposed to a media report of how someone (usually a celebrity) used one or more behaviors to overcome a suicidal crisis

(4) the person responds positively to the media report and survives the crisis


The mirror opposite is the Werther effect, in which the person commits a copycat suicide to a suicide reported in the media.With the Papageno effect there is copycat survival.

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