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."

Read the full article at Suicide Prevention News and Comment.

Copyright 2009 Elana Premack Sandler, All Rights Reserved

Recent Posts in Promoting Hope, Preventing Suicide

Post-Baby Mental Health, For Dads

Why we should be asking new dads how they’re doing, too

Therapy That Makes Life Worth Living

One man's experience with DBT

Life Unfiltered: Do We Mask Depression Online?

Taking off the filter to share life as it is

How Can We Nurture Our Teens?

Suicide prevention in hyper-competitive communities

A Social Network for Depression

How a New Platform is Helping People Think Differently

How Facebook Can Help Us Connect In Times Of Crisis

Facebook’s new suicide prevention feature encourages reaching out