Media guidelines in the internet age
Gunn, J.F.III, Lester, D.
In recent years, there has been growing concern over the reporting by the media of those who die by suicide. Recommendations have been proposed by various groups, such as the Centers for Disease Control (1994), the World Health Organization and the International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) (WHO & IASP, 2008). In addition, scholarly research has studied the impact of the media on suicidal behavior. Recent research confirmed that media attention can trigger copycat suicides. For example, Kunrath, Baumert, and Ladwig (2011) documented media reports of railway suicides in Germany affecting the subsequent number of railway suicides. Similarly, in Taiwan, Chen et al. (2012) documented an increase in suicides using charcoal burning after the suicide of a popular young female singer using this method.