The media and suicide: a cautionary view

Crisis. 2001;22(4):173-5. doi: 10.1027//0227-5910.22.4.173.


There is now unequivocal statistical evidence of an association between some media portrayals of suicide and further subsequent suicide. However, it is a weak association, and it is probably of far less importance than our need to address basic principles of good mental health management. Rather than prescribe to the media how to report suicide, its potentially positive effects should be addressed.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Humans
  • Mass Media*
  • Suicide / statistics & numerical data*