Yep. A great deal of research has been done on cases spanning the last three hundred years the show that suicide rates spike after a highly publicized suicide – especially when it’s a celebrity suicide.
Does that mean we shouldn’t talk about suicide or Robin Williams? No. It means we should talk about suicide and Robin Williams responsibly.
From the CDC: ASPECTS OF NEWS COVERAGE THAT CAN PROMOTE SUICIDE CONTAGION
Presenting simplistic explanations for suicide
Engaging in repetitive, ongoing, or excessive reporting of suicide in the news
Providing sensational coverage of suicide
Reporting “how-to” descriptions of suicide
Presenting suicide as a tool for accomplishing certain ends
Glorifying suicide or persons who commit suicide
Focusing on the suicide completer’s positive characteristics
"But Phoebe, they’re basically saying don’t talk about suicide."
No, they’re saying is don’t make it sound attractive.