Media guidelines for school administrators who may interact with reporters about youth suicide

Date: 2007
(For resources, this is the publication date. For programs, this is the date posted.)

Information

Type:  Guidelines/Recommendations
Author:  Maine Youth Suicide Prevention Program
Publisher:  Maine Departmrnt of Health and Human Services

This brief manual explores how media accounts can actually serve as a suicide prevention tool by: assisting news professionals to report responsibly and accurately; using a media request for information as an opportunity to influence the contents of the story; emphasizing the importance of listing available community resources for individuals at-risk and describing what is being done to promote safety for vulnerable individuals in the aftermath of a suicide; and warning against the aspects of news coverage that may promote copycat suicides.

Settings:  Schools
Planning and Implementing:  News and Entertainment Media
Strategies:  Postvention