By Dan Reidenberg, Psy.D., Director, Suicide Awareness Voices of Education
The Recommendations for Media Reporting on Suicide document was created to help journalists, editors, and others involved in the media industry with helping information on how to safely report on suicide and suicidal behaviors. After numerous cases of media reporting and subsequent increases in suicide following that reporting and research suggesting there was a link between how suicide was reported on in the media and suicide contagion, several groups gathered to create the Recommendations. During the last ten years, there have been additional studies conducted showing there was a link between reports of suicide and other deaths by suicide, the use of the internet and online blogging and reporting changed, as did how people get the news. As a result of this we set out to update the Recommendations with more current information, helpful tips and suggestions for what reporters should and should not do, and how to use the opportunity to promote stories of recovery and wellness. To make reporting easier and to promote understanding of the warning signs of suicide and what to do if a reader/viewer was concerned about someone, we included a sidebar that editors could use in any story that also included the NSPL number for those in crisis.
See the Recommendations at:
Depicting Suicide Prevention and Depression in the Movies and on Television from the Entertainment Industries Council.