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Samaritans launch new Media Guidelines

On 3 August, Samaritans launched its new edition of its Media Guidelines featuring new advice and resources on how to report suicide and self-harm safely.

The sixth edition of the guidelines have been revised to reflect the significant changes within the media landscape and to incorporate the latest research on the impact that suicide and self-harm in the media have on suicide rates.

Following a consultation with industry leaders and journalists from the UK media last year, the guidelines feature new guidance on reporting on celebrity suicides, self-harm, youth suicides and suicide clusters, and covering suicide in documentaries, drama and literature.

The new set of guides will help journalists and programme makers to further understand the issues surrounding suicidal behaviour and offer practical tips and advice on covering the topic safely.

To access the new guidelines and resources on reporting suicide, please visit

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