Exploring how teens, young adults and parents responded to 13 Reasons Why: Global report.

Adolescents’ use of and access to media around the world has changed dramatically over the past decade (Livingstone, Haddon, Vincent, Mascheroni, & Olaffson, 2014; Rideout, 2015; Sozio et al., 2014) with the development of mobile technologies, such as cell phones and tablet computers, and the increase in streaming media content, like Netflix. These changes have […]

Mental- and physical-health effects of acute exposure to media images of the September 11, 2001, attacks and the Iraq war.

Millions of people witnessed early, repeated television coverage of the September 11 (9/11), 2001, terrorist attacks and were subsequently exposed to graphic media images of the Iraq War. In the present study, we examined psychological- and physical-health impacts of exposure to these collective traumas. A U.S. national sample (N = 2,189) completed Web-based surveys 1 […]

Clustering Semantic Spaces of Suicide Notes and Newsgroups Articles

Historically, suicide risk assessment has relied on question-&-answer tools. These tools, built on psychometric advances, are widely used because of availability. Yet there is no known tool based on biologic & cognitive evidence. This absence often causes a vexing clinical problem for clinicians who question the value of the result as time passes. This paper […]

The Media and Suicide: Evidence-Based on Population Data Over 9 Years in Taiwan

The relationship between the regional distribution densities of different media & the suicide rate was explored by analyzing the annual total, male, & female rates & media densities from 23 cities/counties in Taiwan during 1998-2006 by univariate & multivariate regression adjusted for 5 socioeconomic factors. The regional density of newspapers was significantly inversely related to […]

The gap Between Suicide Characteristics in the Print Media and in the Population

The authors applied binomial tests to compare frequencies of social characteristics of all domestic suicides in the 13 largest Austrian print media in 2005 with frequences of suicide characteristics in the population. Results showed suicides involving murder or murder attempt were overrepresented in the media. Reporting on mental disorders was underrepresented. In the regression analysis, […]

Effect of Media Reporting of the Suicide of a Singer in Taiwan: the Case of Ivy Li

This study investigated possible influences of media reporting of a celebrity suicide on subsequent suicide attempts & associated risk factors among suicide attempters. 63 suicide attempters registered in a surveillance system of the Taipei City Suicide Prevention Centre were assessed via a structured interview soon after media reports of the suicide of a young female […]

Suicide Coverage in U.S. Newspapers Following the Publication of the Media Guidelines

A nationally representative sample of 968 local & national newspapers was examined to determine whether the 2001 American media guidelines were followed in articles published in 2002-2003, & featuring individual cases of suicidal behaviour. During the study period, newspaper coverage did not consistently reflect the influence of the media guidelines. On the positive side, only […]

Changes in Media Reporting of Suicide in Australia Between 2000/01 and 2006/07

Australian newspaper, television, & radio items on suicide were retrieved over two 12-month periods pre- & postintroduction of “Reporting Suicide & Mental Illness”. Identifying & descriptive information were extracted for each item. Quality ratings were made for a stratified random sample of items. There was almost a two-fold increase in reporting of suicide during the […]

Improving Portrayal of Suicide in the Media in Asia(IN: Suicide and Suicide Prevention in Asia, ed. by H Hendin)


Suicide Prevention in Asia: Future Directions(IN: Suicide and Suicide Prevention in Asia, ed. by H Hendin)


Choose Life

Suicide is the second most common cause of death among young men in Wales, after accidents. Government & voluntary organizations are working to lower suicide rates but sensationalised media coverage, such as happened when 17 teenagers died by suicide in the area of Bridgend, needs to reined in. Some examples of community agencies offering services […]

Newspaper Coverage of Injuries Affecting the Spanish Surname Population in two Counties in Colorado

The present study assessed newspaper reports of injuries affecting individuals with Spanish surnames & compared newspaper reports to hospital injury discharge data in 2 counties in Colorado. Motor vehicle crashes, assualt & legal intervention, & suicide & suicidal acts were counted. A higher proportion of people with Spanish surnames were reported in newspapers than expected […]

Media Portrayals of Suicide


Homicide-Suicide in the Netherlands: an Epidemiology


Ethical Issues in Covering Teen Suicide Stories: Deadly Dilemmas and Fatal Flaws

This study examined news coverage of a double teen suicide in Saint Petersburg, Florida in 1993. Focusing on how the story was covered, the study explored the newspaper’s decision-making process, analyzing the process in relation to standard philosophical methods in ethics & recognized journalistic principles. As background, psychological research on suicide & the media was […]

Media Suicide-Reports, Internet use and the Occurrence of Suicides Between 1987 and 2005 in Japan

The relationship between newspaper articles about suicide, Internet use, & the incidence of suicide in Japan was examined. A linear model was fitted to time series data from January 1987-March 2005. Consistent with previous findings, the number of newspaper articles about suicide was a predictor of suicide among both male & female subjects. Internet use […]

Charcoal Burning Suicides in Hong Kong and Urban Taiwan: an Illustration of the Impact of a Novel Suicide Method on Overall Regional Rates

This study examined the impact of charcoal burning suicides on overall suicide rates & older-method suicide rates in Hong Kong & urban Taiwan. A trend analysis was done of the overall & method-specific suicide rates between 1997-2002. Suicides by charcoal burning increased rapidly within 5 years in both Hong Kong & urban Taiwan. This increase […]

Suicide Among Young People – is it Contagious?

This article examines suicide contagion among young people. The association of suicide & media coverage is discussed as are suicide clusters. The characteristics of young people who might be susceptible to contagion are outlined. The mechanisms of suicide contagion are described. The suicide of Kurt Cobain is briefly discussed as a situation where contagion seemed […]


In this editorial, the author discusses the incidence of murder-suicide in Ireland & the resulting media coverage. All cases received extensive & detailed reporting sparked off by the first deaths. Coverage was often sensational & given the similiarities between some of the cases, a copy-cat effect may have occurred. A number of issues that now […]

Suicide Reporting Content Analysis: Abstract Development and Reliability

This study developed a content analytic strategy to code features in media suicide reports presumed to be influential in suicide contagion & determined the interrater reliability of the qualitative characteristics abstracted from the newspaper stories. A random subset of 151 articles from a database of 1851 stories published btween 1988-1996 were studied. Results show that […]

The Influence of Media Reporting of the Suicide of a Celebrity on Suicide Rates: a Population-Based Study

The impact of media reporting of a male television celebrity on suicides in Taiwan was investigated. All 10,945 suicides during 2003-2005 were included in the study. A Poisson time series autoregression analysis was conducted to examine whether there was an increase in suicides during the 4-week period after extensive media reporting. After controlling for seasonal […]

Which Thoughts can Kill a Boxer? Naive Theories About Cognitive and Emotional Antecedents of Suicide


Patients’ Views on Suicidality and Antidepressants