Media reporting of Chris Cornell’s death

19 May, 2017


The MHF is deeply saddened to hear of musician Chris Cornell’s tragic death. If you're affected by his death and need someone to talk to, please reach out for help.

Keep an eye on your friends and family who may be vulnerable, and encourage them to seek help if they need it. Many, many people care very deeply about the experiences of people who are in distress, and want to help. A good first port of call is your GP, or phone a helpline such as Lifeline 0800 543 354 or the Suicide Prevention Helpline 0508 828 865.

We are closely monitoring media reporting of Chris Cornell’s death. Research has demonstrated that there is a strong relationship between suicide reporting and a rise in suicidal thoughts and behaviours. The risk increases when someone identifies with a person whose suicide is reported and when stories are prominent or repetitive. Stories about suicide have the greatest impact on people who are already vulnerable, and this risk increases when the story is about a celebrity.

When a well-known person dies by suicide, and the media covers it prominently and repeatedly (as with Chris Cornell), vulnerable people are put at risk, and we hope the media will work with us to remind those people that help is available, and where to get it.

You can find more information about suicide reporting guidelines and suicide prevention on our website. 

For further information or comment, please contact:

Rachael Clarke
Senior Communications and Marketing Officer
Mental Health Foundation 
020 4138 6371