WHY SUICIDE HAPPENS

There is no single, simple explanation for why someone decides to take their own life. There’s seldom just one reason.

Mental health problems can be a major influence. So can alcohol and substance misuse. So can feelings of desperation, helplessness and hopelessness. Social and emotional issues, like poverty, job losses and relationship break-ups, and bereavement, can also contribute.

FOR JOURNALISTS & JOURNALISM EDUCATORS

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WHY DO JOURNALISTS REPORT SUICIDE?

  1. Because it’s news.

  2. Because it can help people understand more about suicide.

  3. Because it can help break down taboos about suicide.

  4. Because they have a duty to report what happens in their communities.

  5. But with that duty comes responsibilities.

5 REASONS WHY JOURNALISTS SHOULD REPORT SUICIDE RESPONSIBLY

  1. Irresponsible suicide reporting by the media can impact the number of suicides

  2. To avoid contributing to further deaths by glamorising suicide through vivid language or by inciting vulnerable people to kill themselves through excessive description of the method.

  3. To avoid focussing on negative perceptions, stereotypes, sensationalism and deviance

  4. Responsible reporting can mitigate the number of deaths by suicide

  5. Responsible reporting can help dispel myths about suicide death and can educate the public on available treatments to help those in need.

“Reporting suicide responsibly requires sensitivity and compassion as it is believed that media articles about suicide may have an effect on vulnerable people.”