Handling the media

Dealing with media enquiries and reporting of an incident can add to an already stressful situation.


Research shows there are risks associated with covering the topic of suicide in the media, so it is important that any media coverage handles the topic in a sensitive and responsible way. However, there is also evidence that appropriate coverage of suicide can help to raise awareness  in a positive way, for example by highlighting the importance of talking and seeking help.

Samaritans works closely with the media to encourage responsible reporting of suicide. We publish guidance for journalists, which can be found here and shared in response to media enquiries.

Samaritans’ Media Advisory team can also help you with advice and support with issues relating to media reporting. The team can be contacted on: 020 8394 8377 or at: mediaadvice@samaritans.org