Responsible reporting on suicide has the power to save lives. How you shape a story will minimize suicide contagion for vulnerable individuals and increase awareness of this major public health issue.
The Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services engaged Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus and the E. W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University in Athens to create these tools to assist reporters and editors.
Ohio Suicide Reporting Guidelines
Extended Ohio Suicide Reporting Guidelines
Ohio Suicide Reporting Checklist
Resources for Journalists Who Cover Suicide
Before submitting your story on suicide death, did you:
Save a PDF of this checklist.
Suicide Prevention Lifeline1-800-273-TALK (8255)Spanish speaking1-888-628-9454
Crisis Text LineIn Ohio, text "4 HOPE" to741 741Nationally, text "START"
Since Grace Warner’s brother took his life in August 2015, it has been her mission to tell this story. Two families, who were brought together by suicide, gave each other hope and strength. (Published October 30, 2017)
Dese'Rae L. Stage and Denise Meine-Graham provide survivor perspectives in this production by the Center for Suicide Prevention and Research at Nationwide Children's Hospital. (Published February 23, 2017)
Fall 2017 workshop on Reporting Suicide presented by Nerissa Young, Ohio University E.W. Scripps School of Journalism, and John Ackermann, Ph.D., Center for Suicide Prevention and Research at Nationwide Children’s Hospital.
Individuals share their stories to heal and help others in crisis. This special report was published June 6, 2017, as part of NBC 10 Philadelphia's "Preventing Suicide Breaking the Silence" series.