What a teen’s recent livestreamed suicide reveals about mental health and social media

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On Dec. 30, Katelyn Nicole Davis turned on the livestreaming app Live.me at her home in Cedartown, Georgia, and broadcast her own suicide.

As that video spread across the internet and social media, it demonstrated how quickly technology can turn casual spectators into traumatized witnesses. The video also left those who encountered it online or through news reports wondering what would drive a young person – Davis was just 12 – to invite unsuspecting friends and strangers to watch a life vanish before their eyes. 

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