Thursday, April 11, 2013

Office of Suicide Prevention in the News

CDPHE's Director of the Office of Suicide Prevention, Jarrod Hindman, spoke with Aspen Public Radio this week about the role of media in covering suicides as news.

"As for the issue of media coverage, Hindman says some reports actually aid people in getting the help they need, while others aren’t so helpful. His job is to reduce the number of suicides in the state, so he gives advice to journalists on how to cover stories. Leave out details, he says, like where and how the suicide happened. And, keep it off the front page. He fears the wrong kind coverage can lead to what’s called suicide contagion."

You can read more about suicide contagion and recommendations for media coverage from the CDC and the Suicide Prevention Research Council.