This involved a search, synthesis and initial assessment of the national and international media resources that target families, whānau and significant others who have been bereaved by suicide. It includes a summary of key resources available to people living in New Zealand.
This focuses on support for Māori, Pacific and Asian families, whänau and significant others who have been bereaved by suicide and on key aspects of cultural differences that impact on appropriate support.
These guidelines are intended as a resource for clinical staff in emergency departments and mental health clinicians when assessing and working with people who have made a suicide attempt, or are at risk of taking their own lives.
Evidence suggests that some ways of reporting and portrayal of suicide in the media may increase rates of suicidal behaviour. The media can therefore contribute to suicide prevention by understanding the aspects of reporting and portrayal that might increase the risk for vulnerable people.