By Amy Ellis Nutt
February 7, 2018
"Hanged." The front page of the New York Daily News said it all in one word
on Aug. 13, 2014. Above the capital letters, which filled nearly a third of
the page, was a photo of comedian Robin Williams with a somber expression,
dead at age 63.
The headline, unfortunately, contravened the most basic recommendations of
the World Health Organization and suicide prevention experts for how the
media should cover suicide, including "toning down" accounts, to avoid
inspiring similar deaths.