Safe messaging best practices: A guide for anyone communicating and writing about Veteran suicide

Date: 2019
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Type:  Guidelines/Recommendations
Author:  U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)
Publisher:  Author

Media portrayals of suicide can influence behavior in a positive manner by encouraging help-seeking or negatively by increasing contagion. Based on the Recommendations for Reporting on Suicide, the following provides guidance for developing messages about Veteran suicide in a safe and ethical manner.