The following references are useful guides for media if you're planning to do a story about suicide and the COVID-19 pandemic.  

The IASP article is a tip sheet for different scenarios.  The Lancet Psychiatry article explores whether there is an increased risk of suicide resulting from COVID-19. 

Both are important resources to read before you begin reporting on suicide. The purpose of reading these resources is to ensure what you're reporting on is well informed and will create no risk to vulnerable people.  

 

Reporting on suicide during the COVID-19 pandemic - IASP: Read here

 

Suicide Risk and Prevention during the COVID-19 pandemic - The Lancet Psychaitry VOLUME 7, ISSUE 6, P468-471, JUNE 01, 2020: Read here 

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