This is pulled straight from the America Foundation for Suicide Prevention:
(The above links are not helpful, so here is the direct link to the .pdf guide for the media. I'd like your thoughts on it.)As helpful as the media can be in shining a spotlight on anti-gay bullying and risk for suicide, scientific research has shown that some media reports about suicide can be harmful and contribute to contagion, or "copycat" suicides. Reporting graphic details of the suicide method, publishing photos of the victim and sensationalizing or romanticizing the suicide can inadvertently lead to copycat behavior, especially among vulnerable youth.
We encourage journalists reporting on all suicides to review the nationally recognized media recommendations developed by AFSP, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Office of the Surgeon General and a number of other suicide prevention and government agencies. Following these recommendations, available at www.afsp.org/media, can reduce the risk of contagion and help prevent suicide. Also available are recommendations for discussing LGBT suicide.
I'd like to find any stats available on the suicide rate of (bullied) gay teens. I'm curious about the multiple forces at work and how much they overlap to generate this seemingly fast-growing problem:
- sexual orientation
- (lack of) community support/resources
- suicide (and specifically as it relates to escaping pain & romanticizing personal legacy)
- the internet factor
- the media factor
- Pre-2000 vs. Post-2000 teen suicide rate
Does evidence suggest suicide is on the rise for teens, or bullying for that matter? If so, is stigma or the media at fault?Or are both rates holding, but the circumstances are more widely acknowledged, publicized, and condemned?
Can the media continue to bring attention to this social problem without inadvertently encouraging it? IOW, is it possible to inform/educate the public while effectively mitigating the 'contagion factor'? Why or why not?