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Recommendations for media

Recommendations for media

Features that may help to prevent imitation:

  • No sensationalism
  • No front page reporting/prominent placement
  • No photos
  • No repetition of reporting/repeated coverage
  • No detailed descriptions of suicide methods
  • No names/characteristics of the suicidal persons
  • No citing/printing of farewell letters/suicide notes
  • Not mentioning online suicide forums/websites
  • Not mentioning suicide pacts
  • Not mentioning the location
  • Not mentioning other suicides at the same place (hotspots)
  • Not mentioning suicide clusters
  • Not speaking of "series/epidemic of suicides" (contagion)
  • Considering the language, e.g. not using the terms "committed suicide",
  • "a successful/unsuccessful suicide"
  • Clarifying myths about suicide
  • No simplistic explanation
  • Not reporting suicide as understandable solution
  • Not glorifying suicide (heroism, romanticism)
  • Not paying special attention to celebrity suicides
  • Not mentioning positive consequences of suicide
  • Reporting suicide within the context of mental illness
  • Listing warning signs for suicide
  • Not interviewing relatives/people bereaved by suicide
  • Referring to possibilities to prevent suicide
  • Describing individual coping strategies to master a crisis
  • Referring to help in general
  • Information on help agencies
  • Information on hotlines
  • Information on self-help groups
  • Guidelines for media reporting of suicide should include a section on fictional reporting of suicidal behaviour
  • Guidelines for media reporting of suicide should include a section on reporting suicidal behaviour in the new media

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