In the News: How to Cover Youth Suicide in the Media

Educational Studies Associate Professor, Michelle Stack, writes about media coverage of youth suicides in a special commentary in the Globe & Mail newspaper.

Read an excerpt from the December 12, 2012, article:

In the late 1990s, as a communications director for the BC Children’s Commission, an office that investigated child deaths, I worked with journalists covering suicide. For the most part, stories about suicide were thoughtful, although, occasionally, editors and I would disagree. In my experience, editors could be persuaded to end sensational coverage when the risk of copycat suicides was explained.

I was shocked by the extensive, continuing coverage of Amanda Todd. Much of the coverage—repeated images, simplistic explanations of why she took her life—broke every suicide prevention best-practice guideline for media coverage.

Read the full article in the Globe & Mail here.