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Letters Suicide on TV

Using the power of the media to reduce the risk of suicide

BMJ 2017; 359 doi: (Published 17 October 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;359:j4742
  1. Thomas Ungar, associate professor1,
  2. Stephanie Knaak, assistant professor2,
  3. Cameron Norman, principal and president3
  1. 1University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5B 1W8
  2. 2University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
  3. 3Cense, Toronto
  1. ungart{at}

Arendt and colleagues argue that international guidance on suicide and the media should be strengthened, implemented, and enforced.1

This approach can be enhanced by framing the matter as a human centred design challenge. Media and audiences are then considered to be cultural and contextual variables that can be designed for or around to produce a desired outcome. This may be particularly useful in a …

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