Mental health

Responsible and deglamorized media reporting

Question 9: Is responsible and deglamorized media reporting effective in reducing deaths from suicide, suicide attempts and acts of self-harm?

Management of self harm and suicide

  • Population: national population/population in a particular area or city
  • Interventions: implementation of media guidelines for reporting suicide
  • Comparison: suicide rates before and after the implementation of media guidelines for reporting suicide
  • Outcomes: reduction in suicidal behaviours.


At the population level, responsible reporting of suicide (such as avoiding language which sensationalizes or normalizes suicide or presents it as a solution to a problem, avoiding pictures and explicit description of the method used, and providing information about where to seek help) is recommended for the reduction of suicidal behaviours.
The health sector should assist and encourage the media to follow responsible reporting practices related to suicidal behaviour.
Strength of recommendation: STRONG

Evidence profile