Suicide media restrictions need review

Associate Professor Jennifer Martin told a conference on the Gold Coast last week that it was time to look at standards for suicide reporting across all forms of media because of the rapid increase in social media use by young people.

“We’ve got all this secrecy around suicide, that it is a major social problem with people saying we need to follow these guidelines to prevent further suicides from happening.

“But… that is just sweeping it under the carpet, and people don’t know how to respond appropriately to family members and