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Suicide by this means draws a lot of media attention but actually accounts for only a small number of suicides. Reporting of suicides by the media has a documented negative impact and can actually increase the number of suicides by similar means. Consequently, WHO publish ‘Guidelines on Reporting Suicide in the Media’. (http://www.who.int/mental_health/media/en/426.pdf). Among these recommendations they ask that journalists do not report on the methods used or sensationalize the suicide. They also recommend that they highlight alternatives and provide contact information to help lines or support groups. In Japan TELL offers an English-language help line available everyday of the year (03-5774-0992), as well as professional face to face counseling in the Tokyo area. TELL will also run a series of prevention and awareness events to mark World Suicide Prevention Day on 10th September. For details see www.telljp.com

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