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IASP - Grupos de trabajo: El suicidio y los medios de comunicación

IASP Task Force on Suicide and the Media

In recent years, most countries which have developed national suicide prevention strategies have included the development of guidelines that have attempted to promote accurate, responsible and ethical reporting of suicide in the media. These guidelines have arisen from a substantial body of evidence that suggests that incautious media reporting and portrayal of suicide has the potential to encourage imitative behaviour among vulnerable individuals. They are designed to promote responsible reporting of suicide, but have sometimes been misinterpreted by media professionals as promoting censorship. Such misunderstandings about these media guidelines have led to a reluctance among many journalists to adopt them. There is a need for improved collaboration with media professionals to reach a consensus on this issue. The newly-formed IASP Task Force on Suicide and the Media is taking up this challenge.

Goals

The Task Force has the following goals:

Planned activities

The above goals will be achieved through the following activities:

Chair and Contact Person

The Task Force is chaired by Jane Pirkis from Australia. Interested parties can contact Jane directly:

Associate Professor Jane Pirkis
Program Evaluation Unit
School of Population Health
The University of Melbourne
Victoria 3010
AUSTRALIA

Ph: +61 3 8344 0647
Fax: +61 3 9348 1174
Email: j.pirkis@unimelb.edu.au