Download document: Guidance for reporting on rail suicides
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Suicides on the railways are public incidents and because they may disrupt travel services, media interest is commonplace, particularly from local news outlets.
Care should be taken to avoid coverage that could cause harm to vulnerable people. Our guide for reporting rail suicides explains how to cover these incidents sensitively.
Responsible media reporting is a key determinant in preventing deaths by suicide. Our research clearly demonstrates the potential impact news reports can have on people’s decisions when in crisis. This is why details of suicide methods should not be published.
Dr. Lisa Marzano, Associate Professor in Psychology, University of Middlesex
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Samaritans’ media advice team is available to support journalists and to answer questions relating to suicides on the railways 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.