FOR media professionals
"Responsible reporting on suicide has the power to save lives. How you shape a story — the details given, words used and resources provided — will minimize suicide contagion for vulnerable individuals and increase awareness of this major public
health issue. Social media presents new challenges and opportunities to shape our understanding of and response to this largely preventable form of death." - Ohio Suicide Reporting Guidelines
Reporting on suicide should:
- Limit Suicide Contagion
- Frame The Story Ethically
- Use Appropriate Language
- Provide Suicide Prevention Resources
For extensive resources regarding reporting on the topic of suicide and suicide prevention, AAS endorses the Ohio Reporting on Suicide Guidelines. Here you'll find
- A Quick checklist to use while developing a story
- Abbreviated guidelines
- An extended version of the guidelines with more explanation for each one.
- More general resouces
We encourage reporters, journalists, and all media outlets to distribute these and become familiar with them. We also encourage an ongoing conversation between media and suicide prevention professionals. AAS frequently provides consultation to media professionals when there are concerns about a particular story or regarding how a death is being reported. Please refer to the contact information below for interviews and consultations.
* 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 these tools to assist reporters and editors. All credit goes to these organizations.
Please send media inquiries to: