Responsible reporting on suicide has the power to save lives. The details given, words used and resources provided can minimize suicide contagion for vulnerable individuals and increase awareness of this major public health issue. 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 a set of guidelines, a checklist for journalists who are developing a story, state and national resources on prevention, and a series of workshops at six Ohio colleges during Spring 2017.
The trainings occurred at Ohio University, The Ohio State University. John Carroll University, Miami University, University of Cincinnati and Kent State University.
Visit our new page on Ohio Suicide Reporting Guidelines at mha.ohio.gov/suicidereporting