Recognizing the effects of media coverage of suicides and Mental Health, the Senate passes the following to ensure proper and up to date ethical and health guidelines are made available to media outlets.
Title: This bill is to be entitled The Robin Williams Memorial Suicide Copy-cat Prevention Act or DYCOY Mental Health Reform Act Part II
1. The Agency for Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services within the Department of Internal Affairs shall be responsible for the formulation of appropriate guidelines in conjunction with the agency for Health Resources & Services Administration, within the same said Department.
2. These guidelines are to provide appropriate boundaries for coverage of topics related to issues of mental health and suicides.
3. The focus of these guidelines shall be to maximize the amount of public knowledge and information whilst minimizing to the greatest extent possible adverse risks in the realm of stigmatization of those suffering from a mental illness.
4. As it relates to the coverage of suicides, the primary focus will be to be minimize the risk of the phenomenon known as "suicide copy-cats" whereby an individual suffering from similar conditions elects to commit suicide in the wake of news media coverage surrounding a person with those same conditions that committed suicide.
5. All of these guidelines be regarded as nonbinding legally, but shall it shall be the aim of the above agencies to establish them as generally accepted and followed throughout the news-media industry.
6. These agencies shall annually review and revise these standards based on the latest available research from peer reviewed and credible studies conducted within the fields of psychiatry and psychology.