National Recommendations for Depicting Suicide

Date: 2019
(For resources, this is the publication date. For programs, this is the date posted.)

Information

Type:  Guidelines/Recommendations
Author:  National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention (Action Alliance), Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Entertainment Industries Council (EIC)
Publisher:  Education Development Center, Inc. (EDC)

This resource provides the first-ever national recommendations for depicting suicide in entertainment content. Studies have found that the way the media covers suicide can influence behavior negatively, by contributing to increased suicidal behavior among viewers, or positively, by encouraging help-seeking and recovery. These recommendations aim to help members of the entertainment industry—content creators, scriptwriters, producers—tell more balanced and authentic stories involving suicide that promote hope and healing. Representatives from the entertainment industry and the suicide prevention field provided input on the recommendations, which advance goal four of the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention.

Planning and Implementing:  News and Entertainment Media
Strategies:  Increase Help-Seeking