Suicide Prevention is a priority for Hertfordshire County Council

Published: 03 Feb 2020

The second anniversary of the Journalist’s Charter for the Sensitive Reporting of Suicide was highlighted at Hertfordshire’s Suicide Prevention Network event on Friday 31 January.

The event brought together over 100 professionals with an interest in suicide prevention and was opened by Hertfordshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Public Health and Prevention, Cllr Tim Hutchings, who said: “Suicide Prevention is a key priority for us and this is a great opportunity to reflect on the work achieved since our Suicide Prevention Strategy was produced three years ago, and build on it for our 2020-25 strategy.

“The death of someone by suicide can have a devastating effect on families, friends, colleagues, first responders, staff, the wider community and beyond.

"Positive media coverage such as reports of people overcoming experiences of suicidal thoughts, may be associated with preventing suicide and we are very grateful to the brave people who have the courage to speak out.”

In an age where the negative impact that digital media can have on mental health is widely reported, Hertfordshire’s Suicide Prevention Network also recognises the positive role digital media can play; providing crisis support, reaching out to people who may be isolated from their community, providing therapy and giving information about sources of support and advice.  It has therefore developed a joint Social Media Charter which is now in place alongside the Journalist’s Charter.

Cllr Hutchings continued: “Hertfordshire has a strong partnership approach to preventing suicide and this dedication is highlighted by the number of people attending this event today.

“We appreciate the support of everyone involved, including our local media, for helping us take a united stand.”

Almost all local media are signed up to the Charter.

Further details about the Suicide Prevention Network and support available is available at

If you have been affected by suicide visit or call Samaritans on 116 123.