Reporting on suicidal behaviour and COVID-19—need for caution

Hawton, Keith ORCID logoORCID:, Marzano, Lisa ORCID logoORCID:, Fraser, Lorna, Hawley, Monica, Harris-Skillma, Eva and Lainez, Yasmine Xavier (2021) Reporting on suicidal behaviour and COVID-19—need for caution. The Lancet Psychiatry, 8 (1) . pp. 15-17. ISSN 2215-0366 [Article] (doi:10.1016/S2215-0366(20)30484-3)


News reporting on suicidal behaviour can have a considerable influence on suicide and self-harm in the general population.This issue is particularly relevant during the COVID-19 pandemic. With a rising number of deaths from COVID-19 infection and negative effects of the pandemic on key factors that are associated with suicide, including social isolation, unemployment, and financial problems, there is understandable concern that suicide rates might increase. Importantly, news reporting should not add to the potential risks of suicide.

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Research Areas: A. > School of Science and Technology > Psychology
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Date Deposited: 24 May 2022 13:45
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