Reporting for the suicide story very well done – thanks

Dear Editor,
Trudy Parks sent me the link to the article an article in the
Gilroy Dispatch called Picking Up the Pieces, and I will be passing
it on to several hundred other people via our on-line groups,
Parents of Suicides and also Friends
&
amp; Families of Suicides.
Dear Editor,

Trudy Parks sent me the link to the article an article in the Gilroy Dispatch called Picking Up the Pieces, and I will be passing it on to several hundred other people via our on-line groups, Parents of Suicides and also Friends & Families of Suicides.

I’d like to commend her for a well-written article. Her focus is on education and the reality of grief, and prevention. She included information on how to identify potentially suicidal people and specifics on how to get help in your community.

Amazingly, a lot of suicide reporting is done in a way that sensationalizes it. In sensationalizing suicide, reporters contribute to the stigma associated with suicide. They may also influence vulnerable minds of young people to commit impulsive acts of self-destruction.

This article by Dispatch reporter Melania Zaharopoulos will not do that. She went the extra mile to make sure that any who may read it have the information the need right at the tip of their fingers. This is what I call responsible journalism.

Karyl Chastain Beal, Pavo, Georgia

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