Suicide is a public health issue and a hot topic for readers and viewers of all ages. While numerous studies have shown that the ways in which the media covers suicide can contribute to contagion, it also has the potential to positively impact individuals by encouraging help-seeking behavior. The Lifeline asks that members of the media follow safe reporting guidelines to help prevent further suicides.
To help journalists safely cover this topic, more than 20 media and suicide prevention organizations have developed recommendations that serve to limit contagion. Please also read the Associated Press entry on mental illness.
Please contact Ashley Womble (AWomble@mhaofnyc.org) for all press inquiries regarding the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.
Please include these warning signs along with the number for the Lifeline, 1-800-273-TALK (8255) when reporting on suicide.
Advice for news organizations who may encounter a person who expressing thoughts of suicide on their social media profiles.
These PSAs feature the Lifeline phone number and can be shared. If you or your organization has developed PSAs using the Lifeline number, please contact us.