Friday, 7 December 2012


*Content note: suicide*

In the last half hour my Twitter timeline has exploded with suicide references. The Daily Mail have published an article (which I'm not linking to, because fuck giving them the page hits) saying that the hospital receptionist involved in the prank call from an Australian DJ has been found dead. A quote from the article states "one source indicated that the woman appeared to have killed herself" so naturally there are a whole bunch of people and news sources saying that it was suicide.

People, can we please not do this? Remember that this is based off one unnamed source in the Daily Mail (because we all know how reliable they are when it comes to accuracy). There has been no official cause of death released and absolutely nothing to suggest that it was suicide except for one quote in a notoriously unreliable newspaper. It helps no-one to make unfounded claims like this, least of all the family of the woman involved. There are tips from the Samaritans on responsible reporting on suicide here, with more detailed information here.

If you are in a crisis situation and need help, please contact the Samaritans on 08457 90 90 90 (UK)

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