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Guidance for media

Samaritans guidelines for reporting suicide

Research evidence shows that certain types of media depictions, such as explicitly describing a method , sensational and excessive reporting , can lead to imitational suicidal behaviour among vulnerable people. Samaritans Media Guidelines for Reporting Suicide have been produced following extensive consultation with journalists and editors throughout the industry.

  • Read the Samaritans guidelines for reporting suicide, here
  • Read more accompanying information from Samaritans, here

Headline

Headline is Ireland’s national programme for responsible reporting, and representation of mental illness and suicide. Their objective is to work as collaboratively as possible with Irish media professionals across print, broadcast, and online platforms to reduce the effects of suicide contagion, and the stigma attached to mental ill health.

World Health Organisation - a resource for media professionals

In 1999 the World Health Organization (WHO) launched SUPRE, its worldwide initiative for the prevention of suicide. This 2017 booklet is a revised version of one of the resources prepared as part of SUPRE which are addressed to specific social and professional groups that are particularly relevant to the prevention of suicide.

  • Read Preventing Suicide, a resource for media professionals, here

World Health Organisation - a resource for filmmakers and others working on stage and screen

This booklet from the World Health Organisation is one of a series of resources aimed at specific groups of people who are in a position where they can contribute to suicide prevention.

  • Read Preventing Suicide, a resource for filmmakers and others working on stage and screen, here

Murder-suicide

A murder-suicide occurs when a person kills others before taking their own life. In Ireland, as in most other countries, cases of murder-suicide are rare, but the impact of these complex events is devastating on surviving individuals, families and communities. This briefing gives an overview of murder-suicide and highlights key considerations in media reporting of such incident.

  • Read a briefing from the NOSP on murder-suicide, here

Other guidance