Find a topic expert

The media plays an important role in how we perceive and understand suicide and mental ill-health.

Including expert contacts, research sources, facts and statistics into communication or media reporting about suicide and mental ill-health will provide context and background to the audience.


Use expert advice or comment where necessary

It’s important that the media are able to present accurate and balanced information about suicide to the community:

  • Obtain the views of suicide prevention experts or organisations, who can assist by providing comment, accurate interpretation of statistics and placing situations or campaigns in context.
  • If the story is about a specific illness (e.g. depression) or a specific population group (e.g. young people) choose an organisation for comment that is most relevant to the topic.
  • Ensure the chosen service is aware that you're including their number in a story, so they can be prepared for calls or enquiries.

Key spokespeople

Health Departments - media units

State Phone Number Pager

ACT

02 6205 0837

NSW

02 9391 9121

02 9962 9890

NT

02 9962 9890

QLD

07 3234 1439

SA

08 8226 6488

TAS

03 6166 3713

VIC

03 9096 8803

WA

08 9222 4333