Suicide is a public health issue and a hot topic for readers and viewers of all ages. While numerous studies have shown that the ways in which the media covers suicide can contribute to contagion, it also has the potential to positively impact individuals by encouraging help-seeking behavior. The Lifeline asks that members of the media follow safe reporting guidelines to help prevent further suicides.
To help journalists safely cover this topic, more than 20 media and suicide prevention organizations have developed recommendations that serve to limit contagion. Please also read the Associated Press entry on mental illness.
Please contact Frances Gonzalez ([email protected]) for all press inquiries regarding the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.
Please include these warning signs along with the number for the Lifeline, 1-800-273-TALK (8255) when reporting on suicide.
Advice for news organizations who may encounter a person who expressing thoughts of suicide on their social media profiles.
Starting in May 2016, The Lifeline embarked on new partnership to bring Lifeline resources in front of The Mighty’s wide-reaching readership.
The Mighty is a story-based health community focused on improving the lives of people facing disease, disorder and disability. The Mighty publishes real stories about real people facing real challenges. Our home page on The Mighty provides an additional home for the Lifeline’s resources and messages of hope.
We encourage you to submit a story to The Mighty and make your voice heard.
Breaking the Connection Between Domestic Violence & Suicide
Resources on ways individuals can help weaken the connection between domestic violence and suicide, compiled by DatingAdvice.com.
These PSAs feature the Lifeline phone number and can be shared. If you or your organization has developed PSAs using the Lifeline number, please contact us.