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Murder-suicide incidents are rare but their impact can be widespread. Family, friends, neighbours and witnesses may be traumatised in the aftermath.
There may be ‘blanket’ reporting of such events that lasts for days or weeks. It is vital therefore for journalists to take extra care when reporting these stories.
Download our guidance for advice on how to safely cover murder suicide.
Samaritans’ media advice team is available to support journalists and to answer questions relating to murder suicides 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.