Media portrayals of suicide are 'irresponsible', says campaign group Media portrayals of suicide are 'irresponsible', says campaign group Fri 19 Oct Jackie Doyle-Price was announced last week as the UK's first suicide prevention minister during a government-sponsored mental health summit to coincide with World Mental Health Day. The Care Not Killing campaign group is concerned that careless representations of suicide may be leading to copycat behaviour and is calling upon Mrs Doyle-Price to clamp down on media organisations that glorify suicide. Dr Peter Saunders, campaign director of Care Not Killing, said young people were especially at risk of engaging in copycat behaviour.
The law and suicide reporting To help protect vulnerable people there are some restrictions in New Zealand on what can be made public about a suicide or suspected suicide. These are set out in Section 71 of the Coroners Act The Act was amended in to clarify the restrictions. Individuals and media may apply to the chief coroner for an exemption to these restrictions.
For more about making information about a suicide public, see Coronial Services of New Zealand. When reporting on suicide or related issues: Consider the newsworthiness of individual deaths, especially when the person who has died by suicide is a young person.
Ensure your story has a suicide prevention angle. Will your audience know how to help themselves or their loved ones after reading your story? Consider discussing common warning signs, myths about suicide and ways to get help for yourself or others.
Do not report the method s individuals or groups use to take their lives or the methods used in suicide attempts. Do not report location if it suggests method.
Research has demonstrated that when vulnerable people hear about a method of suicide, they can then form the intention to use that method to take their own lives. Bear in mind that suicide is a complex issue, there is no single pathway that leads to someone taking their own life.
When attempts are made to find a single cause e. Always include help-seeking information,eg, a list of helplines so those who need support can access it. Be respectful of bereaved families and friends.
Keep in mind that people bereaved by suicide are at risk of suicide themselves and are in a particularly vulnerable situation. Be mindful when accessing tributes or comments from social media — even when publicly available, they are not media releases and journalists should seek permission from individuals before publishing remarks made by grieving and vulnerable people.
When reporting on suicide on websites and social media, carefully moderate comments or close down comment sections if possible. Some individuals troll stories about suicide and post inappropriate or offensive content. Members of the public are often not aware of the dangers of discussing method etc.
Double check facts and stats before reporting them — sometimes claims are made that certain groups are more likely to die by suicide than others, and this is not always the case.
This can create a false impression of a worsening crisis and cause people to feel panicked, helpless and hopeless.Media Contagion and Suicide Among the Young MADELYN GOULD Columbia University PATRICK JAMIESON of the portrayal of an attempted overdose in a popular British soap opera.
Wil-liams, Lawton, Ellis, Walsh, and Reed (l) found an increase in attempts and Gould et al. / MEDIA AND SUICIDE . The association between the portrayal of suicide in fictional media and actual suicide has been debated since , when it was asserted that Goethe's The Sorrows of Young Werther had led people.
Dec 14, · Reporting and portrayal of suicidal behaviour in the media may have potentially negative influences and facilitate suicidal acts by people exposed to such stimuli. A Media Award for the responsible media portrayal of suicide in Flanders-Belgium: rationale and qualitative evaluation.
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Create. GOULD: SUICIDE AND THE MEDIA pregnancy.4,5 According to behavioral contagion theory, an individual has a preexisting motivation to perform a particular behavior, which is offset by an avoidance gradient, such that an approach-avoidance conflict exists.
6 The oc- currence of suicides in the media may serve to reduce the avoidance gradi-. Media Contagion and Suicide Among the Young MADELYN GOULD Columbia University PATRICK JAMIESON reports and portrayals of suicide in the mass media.
The evidence is stronger for the influ-ence of reports in the news media than in fictional formats. However, several studies have Gould et al. / MEDIA AND SUICIDE