Avoid romanticising suicide, which can have a profound effect on at-risk teens

    Refrain from detailed descriptions of the method of death. While you may need to provide a description of the cause of death, you should not provide a “how to” guide for dying by suicide.

    Do not portray suicide as an inexplicable act. Suicide has causes, even if these causes are not immediately obvious.

    Do not rely on immediate accounts of a suicide from shocked and grieving friends and relatives (such as statements that there were no warnings before the act).

    Be aware of the implications of language about suicide. For example, avoid using the term “failed suicide attempt,” as it implies that a person who has survived such an attempt is a ‘failure’.”