Briefing for the Press on How to Report on Suicide

Feb 09, 2016, 08:26 ET from American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

NEW YORK, Feb. 9, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The nation's largest suicide prevention organization in the United States, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, is hosting a briefing 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.

WHAT: Media briefing on how to report on suicide to prevent suicide contagion

WHEN: 4 p.m. – 5 p.m. EST 

DATE: Tuesday, February 9, 2016 

WHERE: Audio conference. Phone number to be sent to those who RSVP.


  • Doreen Marshall, Vice President of Programs, AFSP
  • Dr. Christine Moutier, Chief Medical Officer, AFSP

RSVP:  Media interested in attending should contact Alexis O'Brien at or 347-826-3577.

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.


SOURCE American Foundation for Suicide Prevention