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Adult performers to be taught about suicide risks after series of tragedies

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Porn stars will be taught suicide prevention strategies after a raft of tragic deaths rocked the industry.

Over the past several years, several high-profile adult performers have passed away.

The victims have suffered from mental health issues, gone through battles with substance abuse, and had to endure abuse from vicious online trolls.

In a bid to prevent further tragedy, the industry’s leading mental health resource Pineapple Support will host a webinar on the issue, AVN reports.

It will focus on suicide prevention, awareness, education, and strategies to reduce risk.

The event will be hosted by social worker Sarah Kelleher on Friday, September 10, at 3pm EST [8pm BST].

Michelle LeBlanc, CEO of Free Speech Coalition, which is co-hosting the event, said: “The past few months have been stressful for many in our industry, and everyone should be aware of the warning signs of someone in crisis.

"Over the past few years, FSC has worked hard to build up resources for performers and creators through our INSPIRE program.

“As part of that, it’s essential that we also support the crucial work Pineapple Support is doing to provide mental health resources for our community.”

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The webinar link can be accessed at pineapplesupport.org/webinars/

On June 30,31-year-old Dahlia Sky was found dead in a carin San Fernando Valley, Los Angeles, the US.

Policeofficers said had suffered a gunshot wound, and believe she shot herself.

Before her death, the 31-year-old was reportedly suffering from depression due to her diagnosis with stage four breast cancer.

The same month,US porn star Dakota Skye was found dead in her motorhome aged just 27 in Los Angeles.

She had also experienced “personal struggles” and abuse from online trolls after posing topless next to a George Floyd mural.

James Bartholet was a close friend of Dakota and toldThe Sun: "A lot of girls in the industry are going through a lot of stuff. It's tough."

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On July 7,a funeral was held for Russian porn star Kristina Lisina, who died after falling from the 22nd floor of a tower block in St Petersburg.

The 29-year-old had recently given up her career after finding a new boyfriend.

Friends said Kristina wanted “to be loved and start a family” before her tragic death.

For emotional support, you can call the Samaritans 24-hour helpline on 116 123, email jo@samaritans.org, visit a Samaritans branch in person or go to the Samaritans website.

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