As information can now be shared instantaneously with social media, we must take a cautioned responsibility as to how we discuss suicide through traditional and non-traditional media channels. Here are two informative flyers as to some appropriate guidelines on what and whatnot to say in relation to suicide. They also provide frameworks for how public relation teams can structure their messaging to have an empathetic tone while being cognizant of the emotional state of others that may feel they are in similar situations.
Reporting Suicide for Media
IF IN A CRISIS:
Call 911 or take the person to the E.R. or walk-in clinic at a hospital. Do not leave the person until help is available.
"Feelings of sadness or hopelessness, often accompanied by anxiety."
"Declining school performance. Loss of pleasure/interest in social and sports activities. Sleeping too little or too much."
"Major changes in weight or appetite. Inability to concentrate or think clearly. Withdrawal from friends and family and no desire to go out."
"Talking about 'going away', killing oneself, being a burden to others, feeling trapped or in unbearable pain."
"Giving away favorite possessions. Suddenly very happy and cheerful moods after being depressed or sad for a long time."
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