NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The nation’s largest suicide prevention organization in the United States, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, is hosting an audio briefing today to give guidance on how to report on suicide in a way that will not lead to contagion.
Mental illness is not a communicable disease, but there’s a strong body of evidence that suicide is still contagious. Publicity surrounding a suicide has been repeatedly and definitively linked to a subsequent increase in suicide, especially among young people. We must do more to prevent such tragic deaths through greater awareness of mental health, common risks and warning signs and effective interventions and treatments. Reporting responsibly on suicide has the potential to do good in terms of prevention.
WHAT: Media briefing on how to responsibly report on suicide
WHEN: 1 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. EDT
DATE: Friday, June 8, 2018
WHERE: Audio conference. Phone number to be sent to those who RSVP.
- Robert Gebbia, Chief Executive Officer, AFSP
- Dr. Christine Moutier, Chief Medical Officer, AFSP
RSVP: Media interested in attending should contact AFSP@allisonpr.com.
The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention is dedicated to saving lives and bringing hope to those affected by suicide. AFSP creates a culture that’s smart about mental health through education and community programs, develops suicide prevention through research and advocacy, and provides support for those affected by suicide. Led by CEO Robert Gebbia and headquartered in New York, and with a public policy office in Washington, D.C., AFSP has local chapters in all 50 states with programs and events nationwide. Learn more about AFSP in its latest Annual Report, and join the conversation on suicide prevention by following AFSP on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.