Responsible reporting on suicide has the power to save lives. How you shape a story — the details given, words used and resources provided — will minimize suicide contagion for vulnerable individuals and increase awareness of this major public health issue. It is possible to report on suicide in a way that cultivates hope by increasing awareness of available supports and encouraging help-seeking for those who struggle with suicidal thoughts or behaviors. Not only can journalists help shape the conversation about suicide, they can use social media to amplify key messages of prevention and recovery.
The Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services engaged Nationwide Children's hospital in Columbus and the E. W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University in Athens to create tools that could assist reporters and editors The result includes the resources below and a series of workshops at six Ohio colleges during Spring 2017.
Suicide Reporting and Social Media:
Before submitting your story on a suicide death, did you:
Click for a printable PDF of the Checklist.
Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Crisis Text Line
In Ohio, text "4 hope" to 741 741
Nationally, text "START"