The Government will move to open up aspects of suicide reporting, in an effort to bring numbers of self-inflicted deaths down.
The bill comes after the Law Commission recommended changes to the way suicides were reported in the media.
The Government asked the commission to review the issue, including the role of social media in discussing suicide.
Courts Minister Chester Borrows and Associate Health Minister Peter Dunne announced today that the Government had agreed to all the recommendations in the Law Commission’s report.
Among those recommendations was that the media could report a suicide or a suspected suicide had occurred, but talking about the method or the place in which it occurred, if they suggested a certain method, were still off limits.
As I previously blogged, I think these changes are sensible, and am glad the Government has agreed to them.