Psiquiatría Clínica Acceso abierto


Portuguese Journalists Available to Cooperate with Psychiatrists to Increase Public Awareness on Suicide

Eudora Ribeiro*, Antonio Granado

This paper reviews a recent article that analyzed Portuguese journalist’s experiences and evaluations on suicide reporting, their awareness and knowledge of existing guidelines, and how they assess their relationship with mental health professionals. The study also offered a comparison between the results obtained from Portuguese journalists and those from similar studies with journalists from other countries. One major finding is that Portuguese journalists are available to contribute to increase public awareness on suicide and to promote mental health. Another important conclusion is that 42% of the surveyed Portuguese journalists believe that there is a cooperative relationship with mental health professionals, namely psychiatrists. This mini review intends to highlight the main results and conclusions of that study and contribute to suicide prevention by raising the awareness of mental health professionals about journalists perspectives on suicide.