Reporting and the portrayal of suicide and mental illness

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The Australian Government’s Mindframe National Media Initiative (Mindframe) aims to encourage responsible, accurate and sensitive representation of mental illness and suicide in the Australian mass media. 

Mindframe provides valuable resources for those in the media who have any involvement with the reporting or portrayal of suicide and mental illness. The online resources aim to support media professionals ensure that the quality of reporting and portrayal of both suicide and mental illness is sensitive and responsible.

The resources were developed with the assistance of media professionals, suicide and mental health experts and consumer organisations. The aims of the resources are to inform appropriate reporting of suicide and mental illness, to minimise harm and copycat behaviour, and reduce the stigma and discrimination experienced by people with mental illness.

Below are a selection of resources, but head to the Mindframe site to get quick reference cards, apps, resources about reporting on child abuse and eating disorders & much more.

Reporting suicide and mental illness

Full reporting resource.

Reporting mental illness in LGBTI communities

This quick reference card has been developed in partnership with the National LGBTI Health Alliance and aims to support LGBTI specific media and mainstream media.

Reporting of suicide in LGBTI communities 

This quick reference card has been developed in partnership with the National LGBTI Health Alliance and aims to support LGBTI specific media and mainstream media.

Indigenous media and programs - suicide and social and emotional wellbeing

The Indigenous media has an important role to play in influencing social attitudes towards, and perceptions of, suicide and social and emotional wellbeing. 

Culturally and linguistically diverse media - suicide and mental illness
Mindframe aims to ensure that CALD media and other relevant CALD groups have appropriate access to the evidence relating to the responsible, accurate and sensitive portrayal of mental illness and suicide. 
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