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Journalists in high suicide rate region urged to attend workshop

Healthier LancsJournalists working in a region with one of the country’s highest suicide rates are being invited to a training session on how to report on suicide sensitively.

Healthier Lancashire and South Cumbria, the area’s integrated care service, is holding a one-day workshop on the subject.

The Samaritans will be at the event to talk through their reporting guidelines, and local man Tony Harrison will be talking about his experience of the media following a bereavement.

It will be held at Crossgate Church, in Preston, from 10am on 18 November.

Julia Taylor, Healthier Lancashire & South Cumbria communications & engagement manager, said: “There will also be an opportunity to network over lunch, and examine examples of reporting to see what works well and what could be done better.

“The region has one of the highest rates of suicide in the country, and it’s hoped that by encouraging journalists to report suicide more sensitively we can help make bereavement easier for families.”

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