Advisory media alert: Guidelines on suicide and self-harm

Headline has contacted journalists and media producers in light of recent reports of the suicide of Conor Wilmot that occurred last week in Co. Clare.

The media have a huge role to play in encouraging positive mental health. It is important to consider existing media guidelines in Ireland when covering reports of this nature.

Below is a summary of such guidelines which may be useful to those reporting on mental health and suicide.

  • Signpost to further sources of information and support: Samaritans 116 123 or www.yourmentalhealth.ie for a list of support contacts.
  • Avoid explicit or technical details of methods of self-harm or suicide in reports.
  • Avoid providing detailed information about the location of a completed or attempted suicide.
  • Aim to encourage public understanding of the complexity of suicide.
  • Remember the effect on survivors of suicide.

The media guidelines on how to work with bereaved families are important to follow and you can find more on reporting on suicide and self-harm on our website. We would ask both editors and journalists to consider and implement these guidelines when producing content in the future.

Headline is Ireland’s national media monitoring programme to promote responsible and accurate coverage of mental health and suicide related issues.

You can contact us via Twitter or email: info@headline.ie.

 

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