Providing responsible information about suicide
When famous people commit suicide, and breathless news reports glorify or confuse the situation, there is the danger that others will follow their lead.
Careful and sensitive reporting can reduce this risk, and providing straightforward information about depression and suicide can help suffering people find help.
If you are feeling suicidal here in the U.S., you can call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255). Suicidal feelings can be very isolating, and this lifeline exists to give people the support they need to make it through the despairing periods in their lives.
If you or anyone you know is feeling suicidal, please let them know that support and help are available immediately. We’re not alone.
The TALK lifeline is available in the U.S.; if you’re in another country, the International Association for Suicide Prevention has a list of crisis centers and suicide prevention centers throughout the world. Please reach out if you’re in pain.
See this post for more information on how to work empathically with suicidal urges: The Darkness before Dawn.
And to learn more about how to report on (or write about) suicides to reduce the risk of additional suicides, see these recommendations at reportingonsuicide.org.