Organisations

The International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) is dedicated to preventing suicidal behaviour, alleviating its effects, and providing a forum for academics, mental health professionals, crisis workers, volunteers and suicide survivors.

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The National Suicide Prevention Alliance is an alliance of public, private, voluntary and community organisations in England who care about suicide prevention and are willing to take action to reduce suicide and support those affected by suicide. NSPA was set up in 2013, evolving out of the 2012 Call to Action for Suicide Prevention in England. NSPA’s work complements the Government’s strategy Preventing Suicide in England and the Department of Health is one of its members.

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The Ethical Journalism Network aims to strengthen the craft of journalism and to promote for the public benefit high ethical standards in journalism, based on principles of truth and accuracy, independence, fairness and impartiality, humanity and accountability by the provision of education and training of journalists and the publication of useful research. The EJN is a non-profit entity and is registered as a company and a charity

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In the U.S., suicide is the second leading cause of death among college students, the third leading cause of death among young people ages 15-24 and the 10th leading cause of death overall. Yet covering suicide poses profound challenges for journalists and news organizations. Balancing concerns of privacy, stigma and contagion are all elements of responsible coverage. What other special considerations are necessary when covering suicide? Does that change when the victim is a child? What does the research tell us?

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The Accountable Journalism database compiles international codes of media ethics from around the world and is the largest resource of its kind. This database can be sorted by keywords or by using the advanced search. Codes can be selected by type of organization, topic, region, year created or updated and country.

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Headline is Ireland’s national media programme for responsible reporting, and representation of mental ill health and suicide. Our vision is an Ireland where fewer lives are lost through suicide, and every person has an open and positive attitude to their own and others’ mental health. The media have a big part to play in that.
Readers, listeners, and viewers often form their attitudes to mental health difficulties and suicide behaviour from the media they consume. Unintentional irresponsible reporting or misrepresentations of mental health difficulties can have devastating effects on audiences, sometimes fatal. Using best international practice and the most up to date research, Headline offers guidance to anyone actively producing content on these issues.

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Mindframe supports safe media reporting, portrayal and communication about suicide, mental ill-health, and alcohol and other drugs.

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Samaritans is a unique charity dedicated to reducing feelings of isolation and disconnection that can lead to suicide. Samaritans works in prisons, schools, hospitals and on the rail network. Samaritans also has media guidelines to help journalists report suicide and self harm safely and responsibly. Click here for more information.