|Samaritans Speak Out Against Media Reporting Of Suspected Double Suicides|
"Reporting can act as a catalyst"
Catherine Johnstone, chief executive of Samaritans, said:
“It is important that the issue of suicide is discussed in the media as this can encourage vulnerable people to seek help at an earlier stage and highlight the complex nature of suicide. However, we should all be mindful that there are always vulnerable people in society who may be experiencing thoughts of suicide and it is dangerous to present them with new and accessible methods of suicide which they may fixate on.
“Suicide is a rare and extreme act, undertaken by vulnerable people in acute crisis . Offering people appropriate emotional support can help people come through a suicidal crisis and make the difference between them choosing to live and deciding to die.
“We urge anyone in distress to contact Samaritans for 24/7 confidential, non-judgmental support by phone 08457 90 90 90, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit a local Samaritans branch, see www.samaritans.org for details.”
October 2, 2010