NFL Hall of Famer Junior Seau committed suicide the other day. His death may be related to the concussion issue. It may not be. Whatever happened, media coverage of such celebrity tragedies really matters. Sensationalist or ill-informed coverage spreads myths. It can also foster dangerous behavioral contagion. Good coverage can increase public understanding of a complex issue. It can also point people in mental pain or at suicide risk towards sources of help.
A useful set of media guidelines is available here. The below snapshot of coverage â€œdoâ€™s and donâ€™tsâ€ is especially useful. This is important.