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When suicide is featured in drama and literature, as with all other media depictions of suicide, care should be taken to avoid content which could be harmful to vulnerable people.
Research shows that fictional portrayals of suicide can influence suicidal behaviour. Audiences can strongly identify with a suicidal character and their situation. These resources provide useful, evidence-based guidance on dealing with fictional portrayals of suicide and self-harm for researchers, writers and producers of drama, to reduce the risk of content having a negative influence on vulnerable people.
Download our guidance for advice on how to safely cover the topics of suicide and self-harm in drama.
Samaritans’ Media Advisory team can help authors, publishers, producers and script writers by providing expert advice on content relating to suicide and self-harm. The team can be reached by email at [email protected]
Providing information on how to contact organisations where people can find support, including helpline numbers, can encourage people who are struggling and may be experiencing suicidal thoughts to seek help. This could save lives. The below videos can be embedded in articles and other content, or alternatively use our helpline details listed below.
When life is difficult, Samaritans are here – day or night, 365 days a year. You can call them for free on 116 123, email them at [email protected], or visit samaritans.org to find your nearest branch.