Canadian Journal of Public Health

, Volume 107, Issue 3, pp e330–e332 | Cite as

Towards a shared understanding: Perspectives from Toronto’s first media forum for suicide prevention

  • Mark SinyorEmail author
  • Jane Pirkis
  • André Picard
  • David McKeown
  • Margaret Vincent
  • Christian Cheung
  • Ayal Schaffer
  • Jan Fordham
  • Rosie Mishaiel
  • Marnin Heisel


Media reporting on suicide may have harmful and/or protective effects on deaths by suicide, depending on the nature of the coverage. Canada’s first forum on this important issue was held in Toronto on November 6, 2015. Participating in the forum were public health policy-makers, mental health and suicide prevention experts and senior media representatives. This commentary summarizes the content of the forum and highlights the need for ongoing collaboration between suicide prevention experts and media professionals aimed at safe and respectful reporting that maintains the public’s need to be informed.

Key Words

Suicide mass media imitative behavior 


La couverture médiatique du suicide peut avoir des effets nocifs et/ou protecteurs sur les décès par suicide, selon la nature des reportages. Le premier forum canadien sur cette importante question s’est tenu à Toronto le 6 novembre 2015. Il a rassemblé des responsables des politiques de santé publique, des spécialistes en santé mentale et en prévention du suicide et des hauts représentants des médias. Notre commentaire résume le contenu du forum et souligne la nécessité d’une collaboration continue entre les spécialistes en prévention du suicide et les professionnels des médias afin de soutenir un journalisme sûr et respectueux tout en tenant compte du besoin d’informer la population.

Mots Clés

suicide mass-médias comportement d’imitation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mark Sinyor
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Jane Pirkis
    • 3
  • André Picard
    • 4
  • David McKeown
    • 5
  • Margaret Vincent
    • 1
  • Christian Cheung
    • 1
  • Ayal Schaffer
    • 1
    • 2
  • Jan Fordham
    • 6
  • Rosie Mishaiel
    • 6
  • Marnin Heisel
    • 7
  1. 1.Department of PsychiatrySunnybrook Health Sciences CentreTorontoCanada
  2. 2.Department of PsychiatryUniversity of TorontoTorontoCanada
  3. 3.Centre for Mental Health, Melbourne School of Population and Global HealthUniversity of MelbourneMelbourneAustralia
  4. 4.The Globe and MailTorontoCanada
  5. 5.Toronto Public HealthTorontoCanada
  6. 6.Toronto Public HealthTorontoCanada
  7. 7.Department of PsychiatryThe University of Western OntarioLondonCanada

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