Invitation to NYU Suicide and the Media Symposium

Samaritans Suicide Prevention Center
in association with The NYU Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute
invite you to join noted local & national media, communications and mental health experts for

Helping or Hurting?
The Media’s Impact in Reporting Mental Health

Friday, February 23, 2018
2:30 – 8:00 pm
The NYU Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute
20 Cooper Square, 7th Floor Commons, New York

Free Admission – Pre-Registration is Required
Click HERE to Register or go to
(Once you register, check your promotions/spam folder for confirmation)

2:30 – 5:00 pm
Overview, issues and challenges, media guidelines
5:00 – 6:00 pm Cocktail reception/refreshments
6:00 – 8:00 pm How media can help or hurt, documentary, panel

Certain types of media coverage can increase the likelihood of suicide in vulnerable individuals, the magnitude of the increase related to the amount, duration, and prominence of the coverage, according to research reviewed and conducted by the World Health Organization, SAMHSA, Annenberg Public Policy Center, Columbia University Department of Psychiatry, National Alliance on Mental Illness and others.

Studies have shown that suicide increases when stories provide details about methodology, use graphic descriptions, are presented in a sensational manner, are accompanied with dramatic headlines and images and glamorize/glorify the individual who died—which can exacerbate self-destructive impulses in any individual who is experiencing psychological problems, traumatic stress or who is struggling with sobriety.


Funding for this event was made possible by NYC Council Members Rosie Mendez and Daniel Garodnick and NYS Senator Marisol Alcantara.