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Spring Harbor Hospital representatives serve as consultants to local, regional, and national media outlets on a wide range of psychiatric issues. Our foremost areas of media expertise include:

  • Chronic and persistent mental illness
  • Co-occurring psychiatric and substance use problems
  • Consumer involvement in mental healthcare oversight
  • Dementia
  • Evidence-based psychiatric treatments
  • Mental healthcare financing
  • Mental health legislation and advocacy
  • Nonprofit mental healthcare
  • Psychiatric emergencies
  • Psychiatric medications
  • Psychiatric research
  • Psychiatric residency training programs
  • Treatment for youth with developmental disorders, such as autism
  • Youth mental health issues
  • Youth psychosis and early intervention
  • Youth suicide prevention

To set up an interview with one of our experts, please contact Amy Safford, communications and marketing director, 207-842-7735.

Tips for Reporters
Are you reporting on a suicide?  Below are some things you should know from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.


• More than 50 research studies worldwide have found that certain types of news coverage can increase the likelihood of suicide in vulnerable individuals. The magnitude of the increase is related to the amount, duration and prominence of coverage.

• Risk of additional suicides increases when the story explicitly describes the suicide method, uses dramatic/graphic headlines or images, and repeated/extensive coverage sensationalizes or glamorizes a death.

• Covering suicide carefully, even briefl y, can change public misperceptions and correct myths, which can encourage those who are vulnerable or at risk to seek help.

Guidelines to help you report on suicide in a helpful, thoughtful manner.

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