Changes in Suicide Reporting Quality and Deaths in Ontario Following Publication of National Media Guidelines.
Mark Sinyor, Alex Kiss, Marissa Williams, Rabia Zaheer, Jane Pirkis, Marnin J Heisel, Ayal Schaffer, Donald A Redelmeier, Amy H Cheung, Thomas Niederkrotenthaler
Crisis | Published : 2020
Background: Media guidelines can influence suicide-related reporting quality and may impact suicide rates. Aim: Our study aimed to investigate the quality of suicide-related reporting after the release of the 2009 Canadian Psychiatric Association (CPA) guidelines and their impact on suicides. Method: A random sample of suicide-related articles (n = 988) were retrieved from 12 major Canadian print/online publications (2002-2015). Articles were coded for quality of content before and after guidelines release. Suicide mortality data were obtained from Ontario coroner records. Time series analyses were used to identify associations between guideline publication and subsequent suicides. Results: ..View full abstract