Guidelines and Resources

A wide range of resources are available to offer guidance to journalists and broadcasters when reporting on mental health and suicide related issues.

Please find links below for further information.

Bodywhys Language Guidelines
This is a guide for Journalists and Broadcasters reporting on eating disorders, written by Bodywhys.

Meanings, Messages and Myths
The Coverage and Treatment of Suicide in the Irish Print Media, by John Cullen.

Media guidelines for the Portrayal of Suicide
Media Guidelines for the Portrayal of Suicide, Irish Association for Suicidology (IAS) and Samaritans.

Other Media Guidelines from the Samaritans:

Working with bereaved families in the aftermath of a suicide
This is a guide for journalists when working with bereaved families in the aftermath of a suicide.

Reporting rail suicides and attempts
The best practice for reporting on rail suicides and attempts.

Best practice for broadcast reporting of suicide
The guidelines for broadcast journalists on how to report of suicide.

Drama portrayals of suicide
Useful guidelines for drama portrayals of suicide.

Reporting murder-suicides
A guide to reporting on murder-suicides.

WHO Resource for Media Professionals
A resource for media professionals published by the World Health Organization (WHO) as part of its worldwide initiative for the prevention of suicide.