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Samaritans’ media guidelines for reporting suicide and online resources reinforce industry codes of practice, supporting the highest standards of coverage of suicide.
Research evidence shows that certain types of media depictions, such as explicitly describing a method, sensational and excessive reporting, can lead to imitational suicidal behaviour among vulnerable people.
In contrast, coverage describing a person or character coming through a suicidal crisis can serve as a powerful testimony to others that this is possible, and can encourage vulnerable people to seek help.
Samaritans’ media guidelines for reporting suicide for Ireland offer practical advice on how to reduce the risk of media coverage negatively impacting on people who may be vulnerable.
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10 top tips for reporting suicide in Ireland
These 10 top tips and Samaritans’ resources for journalists reinforce industry codes of practice to support the highest standards of safe coverage of suicide.
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Download additional guidance for reporting or depicting suicide and self-harm safely and responsibly in Ireland.
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Codes of practice
The following codes of practice relate to media coverage of suicide for Ireland:
Suicide facts and figures
Samaritans collates suicide statistics for the UK, its nations, and the Republic of Ireland. A summary of the key facts and trends from suicides that occurred in the UK and Republic of Ireland in 2018 is available here.
For journalists, please refer to our Suicide facts for journalists and programme makers for facts and figures that explain more of the context surrounding suicidal behaviour.
Samaritans' media guidelines
For further information on reporting or depicting suicide and self-harm safely and responsibly in the UK, see Samaritans’ media guidelines.
Samaritans’ media advice team is available to support journalists and to answer questions relating to coverage of suicide at [email protected]