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Are you reporting on mental health? “When a stigmatized group of people such as those with mental illnesses, is struggling for increased understanding and acceptance, attention to the language used in talking and writing about them is particularly important.” Your words matter. Here are some tips.
The American Psychiatric Association Foundation encourages those in the media to cover suicides responsibly. Research has shown that graphic, sensationalized or romanticized descriptions of suicide deaths in the news media can contribute to suicide contagion, popularly referred to as “copycat” suicides. More information can be found on the Association for Suicide Prevention website, here.