Suicide Prevention Groups Target The Office

Mental health groups are upset by the Halloween episode of The Office, in which hapless boss Michael Scott (Steve Carell) slips his neck into a hangman's noose during a haunted house.


The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and other organizations have come out against the Oct. 29 show and what the organizations call an irresponsible, dangerous stunt on the NBC series. The other groups include Suicide Awareness Voices in Education, Mental Health America and National Alliance on Mental Illness.


"Portrayals of suicide certainly can be offensive to people who have lost someone," foundation executive director Robert Gebbia told TVGuide.com. "There is some evidence that shows depictions of suicide or methods of suicide - for people who are vulnerable - these depictions can actually be dangerous."


In the episode titled "Koi Pond," Scott shares some advice to a group of young children once in the noose. "Kids, just remember, suicide is not the answer," he says. "It is the easy way out."


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Nov 6, 2009 4:24AM EST

the safety episode, where michel threatened to jump off the building 'cuz he was depressed kinda pushed that same button. now personally i wasn't offended, but it was kinda tasteless. (... the halloween episode gag- the safety episode was hilarious)

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Nov 7, 2009 12:00AM EST

What ever happened to people taking responsibility for their own actions instead of blaming television and movies???

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Nov 7, 2009 1:13AM EST

Are there any jokes people are allowed to make anymore?

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Nov 9, 2009 2:02AM EST

it's a comedy show its going to offend someone. The office is actually pretty good at not crossing too many lines because every-time that Michael Scott says something inappropriate everyone else on the show makes it clear that they think he's being stupid. And they have done the suicide thing before too...

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Nov 19, 2009 1:49AM EST

haha i laughed my ass off at that part. Ah, its such a great show. and comedy is meant to make the uncomfortable, its just a joke people, and i agree with dixiempire.

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