The media plays a significant role in today’s society by providing a wide range of information in a variety of ways. They strongly influence community attitudes, beliefs and behaviors, and play a vital role in politics, economics and social practice. Because of that influence, the media can also play an active role in the prevention of suicide. Stories about suicide can inform readers and viewers about the likely causes of suicide, its warning signs, trends in suicide rates, and recent treatment advances. The media can also highlight opportunities to prevent suicide by publicizing the availability of behavioral health services and the important role they play in overall healthcare.
This section contains information that can be used by media professionals to access information on suicide prevention and suicide prevalence data as well as recommended guidelines to be used when reporting on suicide.