Suicide Details: Are They Doing More Harm Than Good?
How the media reports on suicides may impact whether others decide to kill themselves in the days following the original death, according to a study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal. According to the authors, specific aspects of reporting can have a significant effect on suicide contagion, and certain features of a story can decrease or increase the likelihood that others will try to kill themselves afterward. However, stories can also have a positive effect if they shed light on the role of mental health issues, and the devastating effects that suicide has on people. Should journalists handle suicide stories more carefully or is shining a light on mental health issues important?
How the media reports on suicides may impact whether others decide to kill themselves in the days following the death. Are you for or against suicide details reported by the media?
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