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Rebecca Oliver, Executive Director

P.O. Box 3068
London, KY 40743

800-588-4149

RKunkel@sswaa.org

Myrna Mandlawitz, Director, Government Relations

Myrna@sswaa.org

Please feel free to contact us if there is anything we can do to support you or your state association.   Have a pressing question or issue?  Call us at 800-588-4149.


Recommendations for Reporting on Suicide

Journalists and news organizations play a critical role in educating the public about health. News coverage of HIV/AIDS, heart disease, diabetes, obesity, cancer, and the flu makes a difference in people’s lives and influences the care they receive. Similarly, reports about suicide inform the public about likely causes, common warning signs and risk factors, trends in suicide rates, and successful prevention efforts. At times, reporting on suicide can prove harmful, spreading misinformation or inadvertently contributing to suicide contagion.    See guidelines from The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

How We Talk About It Matters: 

"Informed journalists can have a significant impact on public understanding of mental health issues as they shape debate and trends with the words and pictures they convey,"  First Lady Rosalynn Carter.  The Carter Center Mental Health Program released "The Carter Center Journalism Resource Guide on Behavioral Health" (12 pages) to journalists, behavioral health and media experts.  The resource guide aims to increase accurate reporting of behavioral health issues, decrease stereotypes, and help journalists better understand mental health and substance use issues and access expert resources,

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