Reality show ‘The Bachelor’ inflicts real emotional trauma

Brighid Monahan, Staff Writer

If you have never seen “The Bachelor,” it is a reality show that consists of one man and 25 potential winners or potential wives. Throughout the season, there is an elimination process and the season ends with the bachelor picking one of the women to marry or pursue a relationship with.

This elimination process is aided by dates, and if a girl is eliminated she can come back to plead her case to the bachelor and ask to be reinstated in the next round.

When the elimination is held the bachelor hands out roses to the girls he wants to keep, and the ones who don’t receive a rose and are told to say their good-byes.

Since its start in March of 2002, the ABC show seems to have turned from an innocent renewal of “The Dating Game” to a suicide club.

Over its 14 years there has been over a dozen suicide attempts and two deaths by suicide.

With the amount of stress placed upon the men and women on this show, it is of little surprise.

The most recent of these deaths was that of Lex McAllister, a contestant on the current season of “The Bachelor.” She died of a prescription pill overdose on Feb. 16, and her death has been labeled an apparent suicide.

Only three years earlier, Gia Alleman a “Bachelor” contestant died by suicide after hanging herself in her New Orleans home she was 29.

But “The Bachelor” isn’t alone. “The Bachelorette” contestant Julien Hug died of self-inflicted gunshot wound in 2010.

While suicide occurs in all areas of society, the frequency among people who appear in these reality shows is concerning. It is impossible to show a causational link to their show appearances, but adding such a high level of stress to someone who might already face depression or other health issues can’t be a good thing.

For anyone seeking help, or if you know someone who is considering suicide, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline on 1-800-273-TALK (8255).