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Media Briefing: Safe Reporting of Suicide


Research indicates that the way suicide is reported in the media can contribute to additional suicides and suicide attempts. But stories about suicide can also inform readers and viewers about the why people commit suicide, its warning signs, trends in suicide rates, how to prevent suicide, and where services are available.

Reporters and Editors are invited to attend this briefing. This purpose of the briefing is to provide best practices on reporting suicides and other information that may be useful in future stories.

Nancy Pena
, Director of the Mental Health Department, Santa Clara County
Elena Tindall, Suicide Prevention Coordinator, Mental Health Department
Christine Dunn, Public Information Officer, San Mateo County Transit District

Thursday, July 28, 2010, 10:00-11:00 p.m.

Charcot Training Center
2310 N. First Street, Suite 102, San Jose
Training Room #3, this entrance faces Charcot Avenue

This briefing is part of community-wide efforts to reduce the number of deaths from suicide, particularly those that may be related to the phenomenon of “suicide contagion” and possible clusters of suicide.

For more information, contact Joy Alexiou at 408.885.4164 or via email to

Parking is available in designated Visitors Parking spaces. Please do not park in C Permit parking spaces as they do issue tickets at this location.

Media Contact: Joy Alexiou,Santa Clara Valley Health & Hospital System,(408) 885-4164
Posted: July 27, 2011