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1 Convey that suicide is complex and ofte
Convey that suicide is complex and often caused by a range of factors, rather than by a single event. Many factors beyond mental health condi�ons can contribute to suicide, such as rela�onship, physical health, �nancial, and legal issues. At the same �me, most people experiencing one or even several of these factors will not die by suicide. People who a�empt suicide are o�en acutely distressed or in crisis at that par�cular moment due to a con�uence of factors. Portray characters with suicidal thoughts who do not go on to die by suicide. It is important to not normalize suicide or make suicide seem more common than it actually is. Ninety percent of individuals who a�empt suicide do not die by suicide; therefore, consider depic�ng a character who had suicidal thoughts but went on to live. Stories of survival and healing should be woven into scripts about suicide to provide hope and a balanced perspec�ve. Depiction Reco mm endations Show that help is available. Consider conveying a character choosing to seek help, such as calling or tex�ng crisis hotlines (listed below), reaching out to a mental health professional or a social supports (e.g., family, friends, and acquaintances), or �nding new or alterna�ve coping strategies. An initiative of the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention Suicide preven�on experts and entertainment content creators jointly contributed to these recommenda�ons. Connect viewers to resources. ht help-seeking resources available to viewers through your promo�onal ac�vi�es (e.g. public service announcements, social media outreach , online resources): � Na�onal Suicide Preven�on Lifeline: 800-273-TALK (8255) � Military/Veterans Crisis Line: 800-273-TALK (8255) - Press 1 � Crisis Text Line: 741741 Guidance to help content creators cra� stories about survival, hope, and healing—aimed at saving lives and restoring hope National Reco mm endations for Depicting Suicide Portray everyday characters who can be a lifeline. Most crises are �me-limited so consider dep

2 ic�ng a character who kept s
ic�ng a character who kept someone safe or supported someone un�l that �me passes. Emphasize the role that others (e.g. friends, family, neighbors, teammates, colleagues, casual acquaintances, or even strangers) can play in providing support or o�ering an act of kindness to someone in crisis. These stories help to dispel the myth that only mental health professionals can help. For ideas about how a character could support someone in crisis, see the ac�on steps at www.bethe1to.com Depict the grieving and healing process of people who lose someone to suicide. It is es�mated that each person who dies by suicide leaves behind 135 people who knew that person. Consider depic�ng the larger impact of suicide and the bereavement that follow. For characters who lost a loved one to suicide, focus on their grieving and healing process and how those around them (e.g. friends, family, and support groups) o�ered solace Avoid showing or describing the details about suicide methods. Avoid detailed depic�ons of suicide methods (e.g. graphic depic�ons of how someone took their life), as such portrayals have poten�al to increase imita�on or copycat behavior—and could increase suicidal behavior in viewers. Use nonjudgmental language. Choosing neutral language to refer to a character that has a�empted or died by suicide helps reduce the discrimina�on and s�gma o�en associated with suicide. Use terms such as died by suicide or killed himself/herself instead of commi�ed suicide Contact Consult with suicide prevention messaging experts and people with personal experience. There are many real-life stories of individuals who have experienced suicidal behaviors or have lost a loved one to suicide who are able and willing to help content creators cra� more authen�c storylines that viewers can relate to. To access updated data and sta�s�cs, go to: TheAc�onAlliance.org/Messaging/Entertainment-Messaging/Data Depiction Reco mm endations For addi�onal informa�on or inquiries, email entertainment@TheAc�onAlliance.org

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