Unsafe Reporting Can Cost lives:
The research is clear: inappropriate messaging of deaths by suicide can trigger others to attempt suicide.
Your help is especially important with reporting on the death of Robin Williams, as your story will reach a wide audience, including people already at risk, who may be contemplating suicide.Word choice, phrasing, and content matters. Please take a moment to make sure your reporting is safe. You just might save a life.
I hope Williams’s death will start a thoughtful conversation about suicide and mental health. Take the opportunity to encourage readers struggling with mental health issues to seek the help they need to get well—and stay—healthy.
Please see our short guide to safe reporting. Thank you for helping to prevent suicide.
CEO, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention