August 25, 2016


Media Guidelines for Reporting Suicide

There is a significant evidence-base demonstrating that media reporting of suicides is linked to copycat suicides among youth and young adults under 24 years of age. Suicidologists, public health officials, researchers, psychiatrists, psychologists, and news media professionals with the Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention (CASP) and the Center for Disease Control (CDC) have provided specific guidelines for the media to report suicide.

There is evidence in the literature that implementation of guidelines for media reporting of suicide actually decreases the rate of copycat suicides and the incidence of suicide. Although guidelines exist, research indicates many journalists are unaware of the impact of reporting suicide with regard to copycat suicides and are often unacquainted with the guidelines.

Read more about the evidence behind copycat suicides and suicide reporting:
CPA Public Policy Paper, Media Guidelines for Reporting Suicide

Links to media guidelines for reporting suicide:

Quick Reference to CPA Guidelines
Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention
Centres for Disease Control and Prevention

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