For the Media

Words Can Save Lives

The way we speak about suicide can save lives. More than 100 studies worldwide show responsible, and accurate reporting can reduce the risk of suicide attempts while encouraging vulnerable teens and adults to seek help.

Best practices for suicide reporting have been compiled by The Associated Press Managing Editors, National Press Photographers Association, and the Poynter Institute in conjunction with the leading suicide prevention organizations in the U.S.

View editorial guidelines at reportingonsuicide.org

In every story about suicide, include resources for people to access help 24 / 7 / 365.

For teens in Arizona – Call or text Teen Lifeline at (602) 248-8336 (TEEN)

For adults in Arizona – Call the Crisis Response Network at (602) 222-9444

Arrange an Interview

To arrange an interview with a suicide prevention expert from Teen Lifeline, email media@teenlifeline.org or call 602-248-8337.

Is it a weekend, holiday, or after hours? If you need an interview outside of normal business hours, text 623-256-3513.

Additional Resources for Reporters

Download a Teen Lifeline fact sheet to learn more about teen suicide in Arizona.

  • Warning Signs & Prevention Fact Sheet: Warning signs a teen may be considering suicide, tips for how to respond, and protective factors that reduce suicide risk.

  • Arizona Teen Suicide Fact Sheet: Statistics about teen suicide in Arizona and the United States from the most recently available data.

  • 2020 Teen Lifeline Fact Sheet: The latest information about Teen Lifeline, including the number of calls received annually, where calls originate, ages of callers, and other suicide prevention efforts.