From the World Health Organization and the International Association for Suicide Prevention, this guide presents evidence that media reports about suicide can enhance or weaken suicide prevention efforts.
Resources for Suicide
Journalist specific section of the AFSP website, includes various links to resources for journalists covering suicide and its effect on families and communities.
Media coverage of suicide is a public health issue. In addition to judging whether a 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. Dart Centre Europe has released a new, comprehensive tip sheet for journalists on covering suicide.
New Zealand's Law Commission recommends Parliament restrict the media's reporting on suicides in an effort to prevent copycat suicides.
Earlier this month, a series exploring suicide prevention efforts for teenagers, college students and elderly Americans aired on Arizona public radio. It was produce by participants of the Dart Center's 2012 "Covering Suicide" workshop.