Journal article

Suicide Prevention Public Service Announcements (PSAs): Examples from Around the World

Maria Ftanou, Georgina Cox, Angela Nicholas, Matthew J Spittal, Anna Machlin, Jo Robinson, Jane Pirkis

HEALTH COMMUNICATION | ROUTLEDGE JOURNALS, TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD | Published : 2017

Abstract

Media campaigns have received increased attention as an intervention for combating suicide. Suicide prevention campaigns involving public service announcements (PSAs) have not been well described and have been subject to minimal evaluation. This study aimed to identify suicide prevention PSAs from around the world and analyze and describe their content. We searched the Internet for short, English-language PSAs that had been screened as part of suicide prevention campaigns and identified 35. Most commonly, these PSAs focused on the general population and/or people who might be at risk of suicide, and had a particular emphasis on young people. Almost 60% promoted open discussion about suicide,..

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