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Complainant Name:
See Me

Clauses Noted: 5

Publication: Marie Claire


Ms Suzie Vestri, Acting Campaign Manager for See Me, complained that an article on executive burn-out republished photographs and details of the suicide of Katherine Ward. The complainant argued that the information in the article could have led to copycat suicides, in breach of Clause 5 (Intrusion into grief or shock).


The complaint was resolved when the magazine published the following letter from the complainant, in addition to giving an assurance that any further coverage of suicide would consult the organisation:

While your article Did the pressures of modern life drive this woman over the edge? (October) might have raised interesting questions about stress and burn-out, the opening photographs, showing Katherine Ward's suicide in January 2006, were highly irresponsible and damaging. I am shocked and disappointed because there is mounting evidence that publishing details like this can lead to an increase in so called copycat suicides. See Me is Scotland's national campaign to end the stigma and discrimination of mental ill-health. We pride ourselves on not wagging the finger but, in this case, use of these photographs and the accompanying text about Ms Ward's suicide was wrong on so many levels that it is hard to do otherwise.

Report: 78

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