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Robin Williams: Mail, Express, Metro, Mirror And Sun Turn Killer Depression Into A Sensational Suicide

by | 13th, August 2014

Media outside the home of Robin Williams in the town of Tiburon, California where the actor/comedian was found dead in a suspected suicide at the age of 63.

 

SO. How have the British Press reacted to the news that Robin Williams died? At first they lamented the passing of a favourite entertianer. Then Peter Samson told Sun readers that Williams had taken his own life. He stated this with the  coroners court was stil investigating .

Mind, the mental health charity providing “advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem We campaign to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding” issued a media guide:

Robin Williams: Media briefing for journalists

As this story unfolds and more details are revealed about the circumstances surrounding Robin Williams’ death, we are issuing a brief reminder about guidance on media reporting around suicide and in particular a reminder that reporting specific details about the method a person uses can be very triggering for others experiencing suicidal thoughts. We urge you to avoid excessive detail about method of suicide and to report responsibly and sensitively. Evidence shows that copycat suicides can occur as a result of extensive media coverage – please avoid explicit details and sensationalist reporting.

The Samartians has more advice :

Samaritans recommends:

Avoid giving too much detail. Care should be taken when giving any detail of a suicide method. While saying someone hanged themselves or took an overdose is acceptable, detail about the type of ligature or type and quantity of tablets used is not…

Avoid any mention of the method in headlines as this inadvertently promotes and perpetuates common methods of suicide…

Vulnerable individuals may identify with a person who has died, or with the circumstances in which a person took their own life. For example, combining references to life circumstances, say a debt problem or job loss, and descriptions of an easy-to-copy suicide method in the same report, could put at

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