Recommendations for Reporting on Suicide
The media plays a powerful role in educating the public about suicide prevention. Stories about suicide can inform and empower, but they also have the potential to do harm. Implementation of recommendations for reporting on suicide has been shown to decrease suicide rates. For example, informing readers about suicide warning signs or recent treatment advances for mental illness or highlighting resources for support and crisis services is valuable to vulnerable people and those who care for them.
Doing a piece on suicide? Talk to an Expert!
AAS urges members of the media to work with a respected and recognized expert when reporting on suicide. We can connect you with the right person for your needs. Please contact the AAS Central Office at firstname.lastname@example.org or (202) 237-2280 for more information.