Tips & Tools


Reporters striving to responsibly cover suicide have to balance concerns of privacy, stigma and avoiding copycat incidents.

Dart Resources

  • Tip Sheet

    Covering Suicide

    Media coverage of suicide is a public health issue. Alongside a judgment on whether the story is newsworthy, journalists need to be aware that their reporting can have wider impacts, not just on relatives and friends of the deceased, but also on readers and audiences.

  • Excerpt

    Gavin Rees On "The Trauma Factor"

    In a new book about challenges facing journalism, Dart Centre Europe Director Gavin Rees contributes a chapter about recent insights into trauma science and what journalists and media scholars can learn about them.

  • Exemplary Journalism

    Bringing it Home: 2013 Dart Awards

    On May 1, 2013, the Dart Center celebrated the 2013 Dart Awards winners and honorable mentions and presented a roundtable discussion. The conversation explored the story-behind-the-story, and drilled down on what's involved in undertaking hard-hitting, humane investigations of trauma and pursuing high-impact collaborations. Dart Foundation Vice President James Lammers and Dart Foundation Program Manager Claudia Deschaine presented the awards.

  • Announcement

    Award for Outstanding Media Contributions to Trauma Psychology

    The APA’s Division 56 is now accepting nominations for outstanding media contributions to trauma psychology. The deadline is April 15, 2013.

  • Special Report

    Military Suicides in 2012 Hit Record High

    The 2012 tally of military suicides is a sobering 349, almost one per day, more than any year since the military began tracking it. The Dart Center has been working with mental health experts and journalists to improve coverage and understanding of this sensitive topic.

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Outside Resources

  • The Suicide Paradox


    Freakonomics Radio investigates suicide and suicide contagion.

  • Reporting on Suicide

    Florida Suicide Prevention Coalition

    Recommendations for the media from several organizations.

  • Reporting on Suicide

    Poynter Online

    Public radio reporter/producer Cindi E Deutschman-Ruiz gives advice on reporting on suicide.