Year: 1994 Source: Social Science & Medicine, v.38, no.3, (February 1994), p.453-457 SIEC No: 19940020

The number of subway suicides in Vienna increased dramatically between 1984 & mid-1987. In the second half of 1987 there was a decrease of 75% which has been sustained for 5 years. This reduction began when the Austrian Association for Suicide Prevention developed media guidelines & initiated discussions with the media which led to an agreement not to report cases of suicide. Characteristics of suicide & attempted suicide are discussed & appropriate guidelines for media coverage are presented.