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Uprooted fisherman drowns in Thirukkoayil, wife commits suicide

[TamilNet, Thursday, 19 January 2012 06:44 One Comment]

55-year-old, mother of four committed suicide on Tuesday after hearing that her husband who gone for fishing in a tank in Kagnchi-kudichcha-aa’ru had drowned. The uprooted family, deprived of livelihood since displacement, was dependent on the fishing income generated by the 62-year-old father. Several deaths in recent times, categorized as accidents and suicides, are reported in places where families stricken by poverty are still denied of their lands and access to resume their livelihoods, sources in Ampaa’rai said.

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  • NIMH media unit said:

    Dear TamilNewsNetwork.com,

    We are writing to express concern over your report of a female who recently committed suicide.

    Not only is the reporting of the story irresponsible, it is also extremely unethical and potentially dangerous for the people in our country dealing with a mental illness. By providing personal details of the victim, including her name and where she lived, you have put the already devastated family in an even worse position.

    Your report also details how she committed suicide – which research shows – will encourage others in a similar situation to do the same thing.

    We encourage you to consider the following statements the next time your news organization is made aware of a suicide.

    * Don’t make judgments on the cause. Suicide is a complex issue.
    * Don’t present suicide as an accepted way to solve personal problems.
    * Don’t reveal the method – it can lead to copycats.
    * Do talk to mental health experts
    * Do consider reporting on trends rather than individual suicides.
    * Do promote help and support for people who might be affected by your story.

    The media in all its forms has helped change the way we understand and talk about many issues, such as race, gender and HIV/AIDS. And in Sri Lanka, the media contributed to breaking down the myths and misconceptions about leprosy in the 1990s. We believe the time is now for Sri Lankan media to show that same leadership in regards to mental health issues – like suicide.

    A handbook for journalists and editors has recently been published with the help of mental health professionals, journalists and people with mental health problems that provides further guidance and research on mental health reporting in Sri Lanka.

    We would be happy to send you copies and speak to your reporters given the opportunity. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We appreciate your time.

    Sincerely,

    NIMH media unit