One step further to erradicate the taboo that surrounds suicide.
We would like to share with you the excitement that we experiment regarding a recent fact. As we previosly mentioned in our last post, On July 17th, The Spanish Ministry of Health published the “Decálogo de recomendaciones para los y las profesionales de los medios de comunicación al informar de suicidio” (Decalogue of recommendations for media professionals to inform about suicide) This is great news for those who are trying to erradicate the stigma and taboo surrounding the subject of suicide.
There were different documents adressed to the media to guide them on how to make a correct use of the information regarding a suicide. Among them were the ones created by WHO in 2007. The fact that this document has been published by the Spanish government, indicates that WHO recommendations have been followed. Talking about suicide in an appropriate manner has great importance and this is another step to put emphasis on it.
The potential of the documentary format.
This Decalogue mentions the documentary as a relevant media to explore the subject in depth. Also Foro Ágora Salud, in its Blog ” Salud en Positivo”, from the digital Spanish newspaper Público has mentioned La Palabra Maldita for its Papageno effect in two of its articles.
The main goal in our documentary is to raise awareness about the taboo and stigma that surrounds suicide, and also to help prevention through that, always following WHO recommendations.We want to be rigorous and avoid sensacionalism, because of that, we have interviewed mental health professionals, survivors and different personalities that work to prevent suicide. Among them, there is Javier Jimenez, one of the participants in the creation of the Decalogue. He is Psychologist Specialist in Clinic Psychology and Honorary President of the RED AIPIS FAEDS Association.
We will keep sharing with you some of the details of the interviews.