Are you into Goth or emo? Then you might be at high risk for suicide.

That’s a pretty scary headline, so we’d better take a close look at the research behind it, especially since that the suicide rate may be up to six times that of the general population.

According to Dr Peter Taylor of The University of Manchester, “Victimization, stigma and hate crime may explain the greater risk these individuals face.”

And there’s more. Fans of “alternative subcultures”–that includes punks–are up to three times greater than everyone else.

The researchers add subcultures themselves unlikely promote suicide, with previous findings suggesting members feel a sense of community, as well as such ideas being widely broadcast in programmes like the Netflix hit ’13 Reasons Why’.

Dr Taylor references Sophie Lancaster who suffered fatal head injuries aged 20 in 2007 after being attacked by a number of men while walking through a park.

Police said the attack on Sophie, who had upwards of 20 piercings on her face, was likely related to her gothic clothing.

On average, more than 6,000 people take their own lives every year in the UK, of which around 75 percent are male. Approximately 30,000 teenagers are hospitalised for self-harm annually.

Read more at The Daily Mail.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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