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Information and conclusions shared during an inquest can offer an opportunity to aid understanding of some of the issues surrounding suicide.
When reporting on inquests journalists should balance reporting on a sensitive issue, that is in the public interest, while minimising any potential harmful effects on vulnerable people and those who have been bereaved. Inquests routinely include significant amounts of information about the circumstances surrounding a death, as well as explicit details of suicide methods. Careful consideration should be made when selecting which elements to report.
Download our guidance for advice on how to safely report on inquests.
Samaritans’ media advice team is available to support journalists and to answer questions relating to inquests 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 video 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.
“The Samaritans media advisory service is an invaluable help for editors looking to report difficult stories in a sympathetic and responsible way. The guidance provided by the Samaritans has helped the Telegraph & Argus many times. I believe every journalist should be aware of the service – and the training provided by the Samaritans – as a key part of their job.”
Nigel Burton, Group Editor of Newsquest Yorkshire