Reporting on Suicide in the Media – Risk of additional suicides increases when the story explicitly describes the suicide method, uses dramatic/ graphic headlines or images, and repeated/extensive coverage sensationalizes or glamorizes a death. Covering suicide carefully, even briefly, can change public misconceptions and correct myths, which can encourage those who are vulnerable or at risk to seek help. These guides describe best practices for reporting on suicide.
Click here to download the guides: Reporting on Suicide
Working With the Media – Sharing consistent messages about suicide and suicide prevention, when working with the media and other stakeholders, helps you to become proactive in changing the way suicide, mental health and the like are perceived. The tool kit described above, “After a Suicide: A Tool Kit for Schools” has great resources for working with the media that can be adapted to suit your particular needs.
Engaging the Media – Media outreach is a critical component of most advocacy campaigns. To be effective, media outreach must complement your advocacy agenda and enable you to reach key individuals and policy-makers. Before developing an effective media outreach program, you must understand how to work with the media strategically. This 45-page guide helps you develop a successful media strategy that can assist in eliminating stigma, encourage those in need to seek help, and reduce the number of lives lost to suicide.
Click here to download: Guide to Engaging the Media in Suicide Prevention
Searchable Online Libraries
Suicide Prevention Resource Center Online Library – Searchable collection of resource materials on various topics in suicide, suicide prevention and mental health.
Click here to access: SPRC Library
Indian Health Service Suicide Prevention Resource Archive – Searchable collection of resource materials specific to suicide prevention in Native American communities.
Click here to access: IHS Resource Archive