Research shows links between media coverage of suicide and increases in suicidal behaviour. Read our Media Guidelines for Reporting Suicide to find out how to cover suicide and self-harm safely.
There are many ways for journalists to sensitively cover suicide. Download our Media Guidelines and read our best practice tips here.
Only Samaritans routinely collects suicide statistics for the UK, England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Ireland in one place.
Celebrity deaths draw lots of media coverage, which can significantly increase the risk of imitational suicidal behaviour.
Samaritans has produced a series of supplementary factsheets to inform media reporting on suicide.
Find out which Ofcom and IPSO codes relate to media coverage of suicide.
Our Media Guidelines for reporting suicide are also available in Welsh.
Suicide prevention is everybody’s business and requires coordinated action by all parts of society. Samaritans provides a forum where expertise and knowledge on all aspects of suicidology can be shared.
Our guidelines on writing about suicide in both fiction and non-fiction.