Covering Suicide in the Media

The Current

The Vancouver School Board wants Media reporting on teen suicide to follow guidelines created by the Canadian Psychiatric Association. There's concern about copycat suicides, repetition, use of language. But there was a time not so long ago when Journalists didn't even cover teen suicide. So where's the line? What's the role of the journalist? What's the fallout around incessant coverage in a 24 hour news cycle? And with so much information, discussion and comment swirling on Social Media who will take Guidance from Guidelines?

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