Reporting of Suicide

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Thursday, 13th July 2017
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The Headline organisation undertakes media monitoring to ensure that mental health and suicide issues are reported in a responsible manner. At a seminar on 12 July they issued the following advice to journalists:

Media Discussion of Mental Health and Suicide is vital

Journalists reporting mental health and suicide issues should Aim to include:

  • Information on sources of support (such as the Samaritans)
  • Stories of personal experience
  • Expert insight
  • Positive accounts of hope and recovery where possible

Journalists should try to avoid:

  • Explicit descriptions of the means of suicide
  • Sensationalism and reductive explanations of suicide
  • Stereotypes, myths and derogatory terms
  • Negative imagery

Full guidelines are available on the Headline website (here)