Because media is plentiful and influential in our society, reporting on suicide can have a powerful impact. The following links connect you to articles written by organizations that specialize in sucide prevention. The articles were written specifically for reporters to help you document the news while also being helpful to your audience.
At-a-Glance: Safe Reporting on Suicide by Suicide Prevention Resource Center - Research indicates that the way suicide is reported in the media can contribute to additional suicides and suicide attempts. Conversely, stories about suicide can inform readers and viewers about the likely causes of suicide, its warning signs, trends in suicide rates, and recent treatment advances. This article helps reporters cover the subject of suicide in a more meaninging and productive way for the audience.
Recommendations for Reporting on Suicide by Reporting On Suicide - In addition to background information, this article offers suggestions of preferred language and phrases to avoid.