National Recommendations for Depicting Suicide

The National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention (Action Alliance) has released the first-ever National Recommendations for Depicting Suicide ( in entertainment content, in collaboration with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and the Entertainment Industries Council (EIC). Representatives from the entertainment industry and suicide prevention field provided input on the recommendations, which advances goal four of the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention.


Studies have found that the way the media covers suicide can influence behavior negatively, by contributing to increased suicidal behavior among viewers, or positively, by encouraging help-seeking and recovery. These new recommendations aim to help members of the entertainment industry—content creators, scriptwriters, and producers—tell more balanced and authentic stories involving suicide that promote hope and healing.


Whether you are engaging with a local station or a national entertainment network, you can play a key role in connecting members of the entertainment industry with these recommendations!


Please help us spread the word by sharing this exciting new resource. We encourage you to:

  • Post on social media (sample post: First-ever Natl Recommendations for Depicting #Suicide in entertainment content are now available via #suicideinscripts)
  • Share the link in your upcoming newsletter or with your listserv
  • Make the resource available on your website
  • Read and share the press release


This important resource is a part of the Action Alliance’s Real Stories initiative, which aims to engage and educate news and entertainment media in suicide prevention. To learn more about this and other Action Alliance initiatives, visit

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