The Council believes that most papers are aware of the desirability of treating suicide with restraint, and of avoiding:
- Adding to the pain of relatives and friends of the deceased;
- Any reporting which might encourage copy-cat suicides or self harm;
- Unnecessary reference to details of method or place of a suicide:
- Language or presentation which trivialises, romanticises, or glorifies suicide, particularly in papers which target a youth readership;
- Loose or slang use of terms to describe various forms of mental illness, and the risk of stigmatising vulnerable people that may accompany such labels.
The Council also strongly commends to editors the suggestion that articles dealing with suicide, when they are deemed necessary, should include reference to the counselling services available to people in emotional distress and to their families, with contact addresses and phone numbers.
I’m only a layman, but it looks to me like this piece:
- might encourage copy-cat suicides
- romanticises suicide
- does not include any reference to suicide counselling services