Recommendations for Media Coverage of Suicide

December 7, 2012

Recommendations for Media Coverage of Suicide

Source: Annenberg Public Policy Center

Suicide is a serious problem in the United States. Over 30,000 Americans kill themselves each year. The rate of adolescent suicide has tripled since the 1950s. This problem is exacerbated by contagion produced by graphic portrayals in news and in fiction. With funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Annenberg Public Policy Center collaborated with several national organizations to forge consensus recommendations for media coverage of suicide. APPC has continued to disseminate those recommendations and has conducted research to ascertain the effects of the dissemination.

The guidelines continue to be listed as a best practice in the Suicide Prevention Resource Center Registry funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA):

http://www.sprc.org/featured_resources/bpr/index.asp.

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