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Friday, November 8 • 12:15 - 13:15
Ethics: Media and reporting on suicide: An act of balance (ENG)

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WHO estimates that 800,000 people die by suicide annually worldwide, corresponding to one suicide every 40th second. Preventive deaths associated with very complex phenomena’s. Due to a genuine existential aspect, suicidal behavior is very relevant to media reporting. However, the reporting of suicide is an act of balance. Detailed and dramatic reporting, especially related to celebrities dying by suicide may carry the risk of contagion, while objective reporting putting forward the story of alternative solutions in times of server distress, may serve as preventive. This session will provide scientific evidence of both the Werther and the Papageno effect of media reporting on suicide, including both news and fictional portrays. Also, the implementation of media guidelines as supportive for journalists will be discussed.

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Britt Morthorst

Ph.d and post doc, Danish Research Institute for Suicide Prevention
Britt Morthorst (BM) is Ph.D. and post doc affiliated Danish Research Institute for Suicide Prevention – DRISP and the research unit of Child & Adolescent Mental Health Services Capital Region of DenmarkBM Research interests: Randomized clinical trials investigating assertive outreach... Read More →

Friday November 8, 2019 12:15 - 13:15 CET
Room 200

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