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What you can do to help prevent suicide
Some types of media reporting and portrayal of suicide can increase suicide risk for vulnerable people.
Enhancing safe reporting and portrayal of suicide by the media can make an important contribution to suicide prevention, and is one of the Government's priority goals as part of the New Zealand Suicide Prevention Strategy.
Reporting about suicide safely
Reporting Suicide: A resource for the media is a new resource to help journalists, editors and commentators to tell suicide-related stories responsibly and effectively. Published in late 2011, it has been adopted by the Media Freedom Committee and the Newspaper Publishers’ Association.
We have begun publishing a series of articles as part of SPINZ Newsletter, to explore the resources' reporting recommendations in detail.
- Introduction: Go, Think, Stop: a quick guide for reporters
- Avoid simple explanations: looks at the recommendation to avoid reporting simplistic causes for suicide, for example by attributing the death to a single issue like text bullying or unemployment.
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- Reporting Suicide: A resource for the media 2011
- When Someone Dies: A Guide to the Coronial Services of New Zealand
- Having Suicidal Thoughts? Information for You, and For Family, Whanau, Friends and Support Network, updated 2012
- Mindframe: Reporting Suicide and Mental Illness
- Death Knocks, Professional Practice, and the Public Good: The Media Experience of Suicide Reporting in New Zealand
- Reporting of Suicide in New Zealand Media - Content and Case Study Analysis
- Suicide and the Media: A Study of the Media Response