4 thoughts on “A journalist's perspective on covering suicide and depression

  • March 3, 2010 at 11:20 am

    Amen!

    Not only do the media and the public shy away from suicide, they think that if you survive a suicide attempt, you’re forever labled as “crazy”.
    I’m very open about my attempt and will talk to anyone about it…even the grisly details….I’m not hanging my head in shame. The way I see it, if I can stop one person from attempting, I’ve done my job.

    Here is my take on the subject:

    http://hubpages.com/hub/Stigma-associated-with-suicide-and-depression

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  • March 7, 2010 at 2:03 am

    I admire your questioning the attitudes toward suicide. I believe all should be reported, with sex, age and diagnosis (if this is possible).
    I am an advocate for the seriously mentally ill (SMI) in Melbourne, Australia. This is part of a state in which even the published suicide rates from the Chief Psychiatrist are known to be false.
    The SMI are those who suffer from the biological illnesses of schizophrenia, bipolar 1 disorder and severe clinical depression.
    My daughter suffered all the depredations of severe paranoid schizophrenia and completed suicide by train some years ago. I talk about her death to anyone who will listen and work for those still suffering in this totally under-funded system
    where about 15,000 SMI are homeless.
    But only recently I realised I contribute to the stigma shown regarding mental illness by not noting Anne’s manner of death in her death notice or yearly notices. In her memorial notice on March 16th I will record her illness and suicide and remove this stigma, at least.

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  • March 8, 2010 at 11:28 am

    Caroline:
    I am sorry for your loss and awed by your courage. Thank you for all that you do.

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  • April 28, 2010 at 9:49 am

    Thanks for the post. Sometimes it’s not so much about the position but the style in which it’s explained, don’t you think? Love your insight! Thanks again!

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