Free Event: Media Training on Suicide Reporting

Preventing Suicide is Everyone’s Business
Free training for media and communication leads
WHAT:          In recognition of Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, please join us for a free training on how words matter when reporting on suicide loss (see attached flyer).
Some suicide deaths may be newsworthy, but the language used to report suicide can influence the behavior of those reading it–especially those already at risk. Rena Fitzgerald, crisis services program manager with Volunteers of America, and Wendy Burchill, healthy communities specialist for the Snohomish Health District, will share tips and best practices on how to balance the public’s “right to know” against the risk of causing harm. Learn how words and phrases used in reporting can either increase or decrease the risk of additional suicides in the community.
WHERE:       Snohomish Health District’s Auditorium, located on the first floor at 3020 Rucker Ave., Everett
WHEN:          Wednesday, September 27 from 3 to 5 p.m.
WHO:            Media, public information officers, school newspapers, journalism students, etc.  
To register, please email Wendy Burchill at or call 425.339.8618.

Media Contact:        Heather Thomas, or 425.339.8688