Why does the death lobby get away with promoting suicide?
The World Health Organisation published a resource for media professionals with protocols for responsible reporting of suicide deaths to prevent suicide and suicide contagion. The quick reference in the WHO media guidelines for preventing suicide states:
- Provide accurate information about where to seek help
- Educate the public about the facts of suicide and suicide prevention, without spreading myths Report stories of how to cope with life stressors or suicidal thoughts, and how to get help
- Apply caution when reporting celebrity suicides
- Apply caution when interviewing bereaved family or friends
- Recognize that media professionals themselves may be affected by stories about suicide
- Do not place stories about suicide prominently and do not unduly repeat such stories
- Do not use language which sensationalizes or normalizes suicide, or presents it as a constructive solution to problems
- Do not explicitly describe the method used
- Do not provide details about the site/location
- Do not use sensational headlines
- Do not use photographs, video footage or social media links
Promoting assisted suicide or the expansion of these laws while in fact they are promoting suicide, whether they are assisted or not, are denigrating the life of people with disabilities and/or the elderly.