Table 1

Compliance with reporting guidelines

All sourcesLocalNationalDifference between
local and national
P
Articles, n22968161
    ⩾1 breach, n (%)199 (86.9)55 (80.9)144 (89.4)0.08
    Breaches per article, mean      2.2    2.1      2.2
Specific guideline breaches, n (%)
    1. Excessive technical detail about the method    71 (31.0)25 (36.8)    46 (28.6)0.22
    2. Sensationalist or irresponsible language    38 (16.6)20 (14.7)    28 (17.4)0.04*
    3. No sources of support159 (69.4)48 (70.6)111 (68.9)0.81
    4. Mentioning places that promote or glamorise suicide      2 (0.9)    0 (0)      2 (1.2)0.36
    5. Dramatic pictures, videos, content of suicide notes    41 (17.9)    6 (8.8)    35 (21.7)0.02*
    6. Picture galleries    30 (13.1)    1 (1.5)    30 (18.6)0.001**
    7. Narrative brushes over the complex realities of suicide    20 (8.7)    5 (7.4)    15 (9.3)0.63
    8. Undue speculation about the triggers    69 (30.1)18 (26.4)    51 (31.7)0.43
    9. Irresponsible use of statistics      1 (0.4)    0 (0)      1 (0.6)0.52