Interview: How Should Local Media Report About Suicide

Jan 17, 2017

Following recent high-profile suicides in Bakersfield and Fresno, many in the community are asking questions about how the community and the media should deal with the issue. In Bakersfield local community LGBT activist and CSUB student Jai Bornstein took her own life, as did newly-elected city councilmember Jeff Tcak. In Fresno County, three Clovis West High School students have taken their own lives in the last six months. In a special report that aired on Valley Edition, we asked mental health professionals about the changing attitudes in their profession about how the public should talk about suicide. To follow that report, we also talked with Lois Henry of The Bakersfield Californian about how the media should report on this issue.