Celebrity suicides often receive a lot of attention online. It is common for people to read and 'share' stories from a number of different feeds and sources.
Too much exposure to the suicide of a celebrity or other well-known public figure can be upsetting and may lead to 'copycat suicide'. Therefore, when 'communicating about suicide' of a celebrity, the following is advised:
- Do not 'post' or share content that speculates about the suicide of a celebrity before it has been confirmed by an official source (e.g. a well-known and reliable news website).
- Do not post or share too many posts about the celebrity suicide back to back, as too much exposure to this type of content can have a negative effect on vulnerable people.
- Avoid sharing content that discusses the celebrity suicide in an unsafe way. Where possible, share media articles that adhere to suicide prevention guidelines or our language and safety tips.
- If you share a post on a celebrity suicide, you should also provide links to available support services.
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