Media and Mood: What We Consume Matters More Than We Think

September 29, 2014 1:58 PM

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Between time spent online and watching TV, many of us are exposed to an almost unending stream of information, and for many of us we receive a constant flow of news. In recent weeks, we have heard of the suicide of Robin Williams, the horrendous beheadings by ISIS, continuing unrest in the Middle East, the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson and the various NFL incidents, among others. During this time, we have commemorated World Suicide Prevention Day on September 10, 2014. It is worth taking a moment to consider what impact the content and format of reporting has on our emotional lives and mental health and maybe even safety.

We have known for quite some time that how the media reports on suicide can have a measurable impact on subsequent suicide rates, and recently a national leadership group published detailed guidelines on reporting about suicide . We know that the way a story is presented seems to have impact on the ...

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