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Media Resources and Guidelines

Recommendations for Media Reporting on Suicide. The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and the Suicide Awareness Voices of Education have developed the Recommendations for Media Reporting on Suicide, which captures the expertise of suicide prevention experts, researchers, journalists and over 50 research studies. The recommendations include common suicide warning signs, the national suicide prevention hotline number and advice on what to do if someone is at risk, so that journalists can include this information in news reports. Furthermore, the document provides concise, practical suggestions for journalists to equip them to report about suicide safely while also informing the public about this national health problem. Read the report or visit ReportingOnSuicide.org for more information.

At a Glance: Safe Reporting on Suicide. This two-page guide for reporters and editors provides a list of recommendations on how to report on suicide while minimizing the risk of contributing to "copycat" suicides. In addition to offering guidelines (based upon Reporting on the Media, below), this publication includes additional resources on suicide and suicide prevention for reporters, editors, and others in the media.

Relationship between the Economy, Unemployment and Suicide
The Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC) has provided talking points on the relationship between the economy, unemployment and suicide. The talking points summarize what is known about these complex relationships and offers suggestions for framing this issue with news media.

American Association of Suicidology Statement on the Economy and Suicide 

Additional Resources

Suicide Prevention Resource Center – A comprehensive online resource that includes a best practices registry, online training, and other resources to educate communities and assist states and communities in building a system of suicide prevention.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline – A toll-free Suicide Prevention hotline that operates 24 hours per day, seven days per week through a network of over 125 crisis centers nationally.  The Lifeline also offers Spanish language services and services targeted for veterans and their families.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline Accredited Crisis Centers

California County Mental Health Crisis Intervention Numbers

American Association of Suicidology – Includes data and statistics, current research, training and conferences, and information for survivors of suicide and suicide loss.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Information about SAMHSA’s suicide prevention initiative including the Garrett Lee Smith Suicide Prevention program’s campus based grants and grants to state and tribal entities.

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention – National not-for-profit organization dedicated to research, education, and advocacy.

Resources to Educate Communities

Getting to Know Your Child’s College – A Checklist for Parents

The Kari Jorgensen VideoCarolyn Brown shares about her daughter, a Fresno State University student-athlete who died by suicide (scroll down to video near the bottom of the page).

MHSA Prevention and Early Intervention Guidelines

U. S. Department of Health and Human Services Indian Health Service Community Suicide Prevention website – Provides American Indian and Alaska Native population communities with culturally appropriate information about best and promising practices, training opportunities, and other information related to suicide prevention and intervention.

Native American Resource Directory, Intertribal Council of California, Inc.

Resources for Veterans, Service Members, and Their Families

For more information about mental health resources for Veterans, Service Members and their Families, please visit DHCS’ Resources for Veterans 

Contact Us

Contact the Suicide Prevention Program

Last modified on: 1/13/2014 4:14 PM