Since today is World Suicide Prevention Day, I would like to talk to you all, about how we discuss it.

All the sources listed are from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

THE NATIONAL SUICIDE PREVENTION LIFELINE

1-800-273-8255

TRANS LIFELINE

1-877-565-8860

TREVOR PROJECT

1-866-488-7386

More than 50 research studies worldwide have found that certain types of news coverage can increase the likelihood of suicide in vulnerable individuals. The magnitude of the increase is related to the amount, duration and prominence of coverage.

Risk of additional suicides increases when the story explicitly describes the suicide method, uses dramatic graphic headlines or images, and repeated/extensive coverage sensationalizes or glamorizes a death.

Covering suicide carefully, even briefly, can change public misperceptions and correct myths, which can encourage those who are vulnerable or at risk to seek help.

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