NEW HAMPSHIRE: Working with the Press

August 05, 2016
News Type:  From the Field
State:  New Hampshire

The April 2016 CDC data brief on the climbing suicide rate in the United States prompted Laconia Daily Sun reporter Adam Drapcho to wonder if the suicide rate in New Hampshire was also increasing. A colleague suggested that he contact the Laconia Police Department, which was working with a local suicide prevention initiative. This connection led to Drapcho’s participation in a media and safe messaging training led by Elaine de Mello of the National Alliance on Mental Illness New Hampshire (NAMI NH). Drapcho said that the workshop and subsequent conversations provided him with a valuable framework for accurately reporting on the rising rate of suicide while educating his readers about recognizing and responding to the warning signs of suicide in family members, friends, colleagues, and classmates. His article, “Suicide Prevention is a Matter of Public Health,” also explored how New Hampshire’s public health officials and organizations like NAMI NH are working to prevent suicide and encouraging people and families to get help for suicidal thoughts and mental illness.

 

For more information on working with the media, see Safe and Effective Messaging and Reporting.

 

 

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