Alana Atkinson: When it’s what you don’t say that matters

IT’S a sad fact that around two people take their own lives every day in Scotland.

Encouragingly, the suicide rate has reduced by 17 per cent over the past ten years. At the same time, we’ve seen a noticeable improvement in the way the media reports suicide.

Knowing that there is strong evidence that sensationalist or insensitive reporting can increase suicide, especially by a particular method, are these findings merely a co-incidence? Or are the two interlinked?

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