Year: 2009 Source: Annual Conference of the Australian & New Zealand Communication Association, (July 2009: Brisbane), p.287-310 SIEC No: 20100629

This paper draws upon media texts in order to illustrate the important role of the media in facilitating discussion about suicide. The paper will explore the ways in which literature related to activism in the mental health field & the disabilities movement might inform our understanding of the preoccupation with the harmful effects of suicide stories & add another dimension to how we think about experiences of suicidality & their representation in the media. The paper suggests that concerns that publicising suicide may normalise or trigger it must be balanced against people’s right to have their realities offered as part of “normal” society. Future research in this area would benefit from a further engagement with the disability studies literature. (63 refs.) AA