Year: 2006 Source: German Journal of Psychiatry, v.9, (2006), p.97-100 SIEC No: 20070176

The aim of this study was to characterize individuals who died by suicide & their circumstances as reported in the lay press & to examine for evidence of newsworthiness impacting on reportage. Newspaper reports were prospectively collected for a 10-year period (1995-2005). 61 reports were collected from Tasmasian papers. Newsworthiness (prominence, notoriety, & domicile, & the prior killing of others) influenced the newspaper reportage of suicide. Stress was identified as an important precipitating condition. (5 refs.)