Talking to media about suicide


This section of the resource provides practical advice and information to support the mental health and suicide prevention sectors when talking to the media about suicide. Suicide is a topic of legitimate public interest for the media to cover. These are, however, complex issues to convey when considering the demanding pressures on journalists and the potential risks to the community when reporting suicide in certain ways.

The media has an important role to play in influencing social attitudes to suicide and potentially the actions of vulnerable people. Research has demonstrated that the way suicide is reported is significant, with some styles of reporting linked to increased rates of actual suicide.

If the media is to reduce the negative impact of reporting and play an important role in educating the public about suicide risk and promoting help-seeking behaviour, they need to be appropriately informed. By learning how to work with the media, people involved in mental health and suicide prevention sector can help to ensure the right messages are getting through.

In preparing to work with the media, it is important to first have an understanding of the potential impact of reporting suicide in certain ways and knowledge of the principles of best practice.
Please contact the Mindframe project team if you need further assistance.

Telephone: 02 4924 6900
Email: mindframe@hnehealth.nsw.gov.au

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