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Good News Files 2010

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During November and December StigmaWatch recorded an increase in the number of stories regarding suicide in many media outlets, primarily related to the death of Kristin Hermeler in Colorado and The Models lead singer James Freud.

StigmaWatch would like to acknowledge all news sources that have responsibly reported on these issues, by refraining from sensationalised news angles, ensuring limited references to suicide methods and including helplines or crisis services.

A StigmaWatcher recently nominated Sydney Morning Herald journalist Kate McClymonty for responsibly reporting on an attempted suicide in custody. Kate’s story reflected the Mindframe recommendations on responsible reporting and included a list of helpline services, supporting readers who may have been distressed by the story.