Tuesday, December 20, 2016
To "commit" suicide is a bad word in Britain
People should stop using the phrase 'commit suicide' because it is unfair to people who kill themselves by making it sound as though suicide is a crime, MPs said yesterday.
A report from the Commons Health committee also called for restrictions on websites that encourage suicide.
Ministers said that the term 'committing suicide' 'reinforces stigmatising attitudes' and should no longer be broadcast or printed in newspapers.
They also warned that there is frequent 'inappropriate reporting and portrayal of suicide' by the mainstream media.
They called for restrictions on social media to curb sites that encourage suicide in a report which said ministers should launch a new programme to try to reduce numbers of suicides. The MPs said it was 'clear that suicide is preventable and that much more can and should be done to support vulnerable individuals.'