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Recommendations for Media Reporting on Suicide

Given the number of high-profile suicides that’ve been reported lately (Alexander McQueen, Andrew Koenig, and now Michael Blosil, Marie Osmond’s 18-year-old son), I thought today would be a good day to share Reporting on Suicide: Recommendations for the Media with you.

I didn’t realize such recommendations existed until Joye Anestis (one-half of the blogging clinical psychology scholar duo I love so much over at Psychotherapy Brown Bag) brought them to my attention after I shared my own thoughts on Carole Cadwalladr’s recent article in The Observer, “It’s Despair, Not Grief, That Can Lead to Suicide.”

Developed by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, the American Association of Suicidology, and the Annenberg Public Policy Center — with help from a slew of other health-related organizations — the seven-page document (the last three and a half of which list cited references as well as mental health and suicide resources here in America and worldwide) isn’t a difficult read, and it’s one I think would benefit families as much as reporters and other media.

Not only does it cover subjects like celebrity deaths and concerns and angles to pursue when interviewing surviving family members and friends, but it also covers issues like mental illness, suicide pacts, and language — topics I think we can all benefit from reading about.

Recommendations for Media Reporting on Suicide


Alicia Sparks

Alicia Sparks is a freelance writer and editor and the creator of WritingSpark.com, where she blogs to help new freelance writers get their quills in the pot, so to speak. Among animal rights, music, and physical wellness, her passions include mental health and advocacy. Here at Psych Central she works as Syndication Editor as well as authors Your Body, Your Mind, Unleash Your Creativity, and World of Psychology's weekly "Psychology Around the Net."


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Sparks, A. (2012). Recommendations for Media Reporting on Suicide. Psych Central. Retrieved on December 5, 2019, from https://blogs.psychcentral.com/celebrity/2010/03/recommendations-for-media-reporting-on-suicide/

 

Last updated: 10 Sep 2012
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