Suicide is a serious problem in the United States. More than 40,000 Americans kill themselves each year and suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States. The rate of adolescent suicide has tripled since the 1950s. This problem is exacerbated by contagion produced by graphic portrayals in news and in fiction. With funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Annenberg Public Policy Center collaborated with several national organizations to forge consensus recommendations for media coverage of suicide. APPC has continued to disseminate those recommendations and has conducted research to ascertain the effects of the dissemination.
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Recommendations for Reporting on Suicide