The Mental Health Foundation is deeply disappointed by some of the coverage of Charlotte Dawson's tragic death, and we know many of you share our concerns. We are reaching out to all NZ media to remind them that, while international suicides are not covered by the Coroners Act, safer reporting guidelines exist to protect members of the public, regardless of where the death occurred.
The speculation as to the cause of Ms Dawson's death is both distasteful and irresponsible. These attempts to distil Ms Dawson’s life and death into a single plotline do a disservice to Ms Dawson, her family, and vulnerable members of the public.
Now is the time to remember to be kind to each other, to look out for those who might be struggling, and to ask for help if you need it. Many, many people care very deeply about the experiences of people who are in distress, and want to help.
If it's an emergency, call 111. A good first port of call is your GP, or phone a helpline such as Lifeline 0800 543 354 or the Suicide Prevention Helpline 0508 828 865.
More information is available on the Suicide Prevention Information New Zealand (SPINZ) website, including: