How to Talk About Suicide
Survivors of Suicide Loss Support Group - Madison, NJ
People struggle with the best way to discuss the suicide of a loved one. There are many society biases and misunderstandings about the cause of suicide. When there is an underlying mental health issue, many families struggle to also talk about that. You choose how much and what you share with others after a suicide. Many people feel embarrassment or shame about a suicide. Understanding how to talk about suicide is important and helps to eliminate the stigma that may be associated with suicide.
How to Talk About Suicide Loss
- Best Practices for Presentations by Suicide Loss and Suicide Attempt Survivors
- Resource: 4 page PDF
- Summary: Special Considerations for Telling Your Own Story
- Talking About Someone You Love Who Has Died by Suicide
- Resource: 2 page PDF
- Language Matters: Committed Suicide vs. Completed Suicide vs. Died by Suicide
- Resource: Blog post
- We Must Change the Way We Talk About Suicide
- Resource: News Article
- Recommendations for Reporting on Suicide
- Resource: Website
- Summary: The Recommendations for Reporting on Suicide were developed by leading experts in suicide prevention and in collaboration with several international suicide prevention and public health organizations, schools of journalism, media organizations and key journalists as well as Internet safety experts. The recommendations are based on more than 50 international studies on suicide contagion.
- Media Guidelines For The Reporting of Suicide
- Resource: Webpage
- Summary: Developed by The Samaritans, an international Suicide prevention organization. Samaritans’ Media Guidelines for Reporting Suicide (pdf) have been produced following extensive consultation with journalists and editors throughout the industry. They are aimed at those reporting suicide in any media, from factual description to dramatic portrayal.
- Media Guidelines for School Administrators Who May Interact with Reporters about Youth Suicide
- Resource: Webpage