Young Government Leaders (YGL) member, Kamara Gardner, encourages FEW and YGL to educate ourselves and each other about suicide prevention.
The National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention developed a safety framework for messaging that aims to change the conversation around suicide and promote help-seeking and resiliency.
Here are some “Dos” and “Don’ts” to facilitate constructive public communication about suicide.
- Learn the warning signs
- Say “died by suicide” or “suicide attempt”
- Be direct, nonjudgmental, and open minded in conversations about suicide
- Provide accurate information about where to seek help, educate on suicide prevention, write about coping mechanisms
- Show compassion, actively listen, and accept one’s feelings
- Glamorize or romanticize suicide
- Say “committed suicide,” “successful suicide attempt,” “complete suicide”
- Provide details about suicide method or location
- Continuously repeat coverage
- Use oversimplified explanations for suicide
- Offer personal details that encourage identification of the person who died by suicide
- Reinforce negative stereotypes related to mental illness