This week, I had the opportunity to be a guest blogger on Suicide Prevention News and Comment (SPNAC), a blog created by suicide prevention advocate and survivor Franklin Cook to help communities keep up-to-date on developments in the fields of suicide prevention and suicide grief support.
My post on SPNAC is a critique of media coverage of the recent suicide death of a young man named Thomas Kane in Canandaigua, New York. Media reports featured more details than are usually told in a story about suicide; Kane's death led to police uncovering Kane's plans for a school shooting.
Here is an excerpt from my post: "At first, I questioned why media would report such details. Why would journal excerpts be included in news articles? Isn't it sensationalizing a tragic death to draw attention to the intimate details of a young man's psyche? But then I realized that I wanted to capture those same details as I told the story to you, for those very details are part of what makes Kane's story newsworthy."