Recommendations for Reporting on Suicide
Suicide is a public health issue. Media and online coverage of suicide should be informed by using best practices. Visit Reporting on Suicide for guidelines on safe and sensitive reporting.
NEW! National Recommendations for Depicting Suicide in the Entertainment Industry
The recommendations, which were informed by both representatives from the entertainment industry and the suicide prevention field, aim to help members of the entertainment industry - content creators, scriptwriters, producers - tell more balanced and authentic stories involving suicide and suicide prevention.
Media as Partners in Suicide Prevention
The American Association of Suicidology (AAS), in partnership with The Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, Nationwide Children’s Hospital, and Ohio University’s E.W. Scripps School of Journalism, has released an updated, comprehensive, and evidence-based set of recommendations for media organizations and journalists who report on suicide and suicide prevention activities - Suicide Reporting Recommendations: Media As Partners in Suicide Prevention. Download the pdf here.
Media Messaging Workgroup
This Action Alliance group brings together influential communication leads from our national partners to develop coordinated and consistent messages about suicide prevention. The group is dedicated to ensuring that the suicide prevention field coordinates its efforts to ensure that all messages:
- Are developed and delivered in a coordinated, consistent, and timely way
- Help promote hope and help-seeking (and are aligned with the Framework for Successful Messaging)
- Educate the public about available services, resources, and supports