Editorial: The Role of Media in Suicide and Self-Harm: Cross-Disciplinary Perspectives
[p.1]: Editorial on the Research Topic
The Role of Media in Suicide and Self-Harm: Cross-Disciplinary Perspectives
Suicide and self-harm are complex, multifaceted, and simultaneously personal and social phenomena. While what motivates a person to engage in these acts cannot be reduced to a single factor, the media's role as a shaper and conduit of meanings has attracted considerable scholarly and practitioner attention. Although the mass media has been, and will doubtlessly continue to play a key role in shaping public attitudes and behaviors toward suicide and self-harm, the user-generated media has dramatically diversified our opportunities to encounter and interact with media content featuring these behaviors.