This is a really sad discovery. I had never heard of The Bridgend Suicides, and I guess the reason why is due to the date of the release of the below mentioned film. Bridgend, was released on November 11, 2014, and since I don’t live in the U.K. I was never introduced to this tragedy. It appears People Magazine ran a story about it, as did many U.K. papers.
I have studied the suicides of teenagers which often occur within days and weeks of each other. This phenomenon happens quite frequently on Native American and Alaskan Native lands. There are specialists who will attend to the young people specifically right after the death/suicide of a fellow peer on the Native American lands. I am not so sure about what happens on Native Alaskan lands, as they have been reported to be somewhat closed off to the ‘white man’ for research purposes.
This is a compelling and chilling documentary. One of the deaths, a young man who talks in the first half of the film, is especially chilling. The film left me with all sorts of questions about the socioeconomic causes, biological causes, psychological issues, and even entertaining some conspiracy theories which are frequently tossed around in the U.S., namely poisoning the water/air, or some sort of nefarious testing on the youth. Please watch if you can. It is offered on all sorts of venues, I watched mine off Netflix.
Since 2007 ninety-nine young people have been found hanged in Bridgend, South Wales. Most of the victims knew each other, and with few exceptions, none of them left notes. Many in the town believed a serial killer was at large, others assumed it was a suicide cult. The deaths have struck fear and unrest into the hearts of most. Headlines splashed across the UK have earned Bridgend the nickname: Death Town.
Bridgend is the groundbreaking documentary that investigates the events that caused the sleepy little town to become the subject of gruesome speculation across the United Kingdom. Many of the victims were pretty young girls who typically do not commit suicide by violent methods. The film traces their final hours and shines a light on a shocking story that needs to be told.