Reporting suicide and mental illness: A Mindframe resource for media professionals – 2 April 2014
“Media reporting and commenting on suicide and mental illness will be assisted by an improved national guide.
Reporting suicide and mental illness: A Mindframe resource for media professionals is the result of two years of consultation between the media and the mental health and suicide prevention sectors.
Mindframe, funded by the Department of Health, is the national authority on the portrayal of suicide and mental illness in the media, providing education and training for both media and the mental health and suicide prevention sectors.
Key changes to the guide include shorter, clearer advice to support journalists to understand the risks involved when reporting on suicide and mental illness; and new, helpful ways to minimise these risks.
There is clearer guidance on language to avoid stigmatising people living with or developing a mental illness and advice to the media who may be at risk themselves.
There are also new guidelines for the online environment.”