For Police and Courts

Mindframe supports police and those working in the courts to communicate effectively with the media about suicide and mental ill-health to ensure that quality of media reporting and portrayals of these issues are sensitive and responsible.

These resources were developed with the assistance of police and court professionals, media professionals, academics, suicide and mental health experts and consumer organisations, with aims to:

  • reduce the stigma and discrimination experienced by people with mental ill-health
  • inform appropriate reporting of suicide and mental ill-health
  • minimise harm and copycat behaviour.

For police

The very nature of policing means officers are confronted by both suicide and mental illness on a regular basis.

Often incidents of suicide or mental illness are seen as newsworthy and police or police investigative services may be the first to field media enquiries.

For this reason, police services have an important role to play in supporting appropriate media coverage of suicide, mental health and mental ill-health.

Visit the Mindframe for police page for advice on talking to the media about suicide or mental ill-health.


For courts

Mindframe supports judicial officers and other officers of the courts to communicate effectively with the media, to help ensure that the quality of reporting and portrayal of both suicide and mental ill-health is sensitive and responsible.

Resources have been developed with assistance from court professionals, media professionals, academics, suicide and mental health experts and consumer organisations, to inform appropriate reporting of suicide and mental illness, minimise harm and copycat behaviour, and reduce the stigma and discrimination experienced by people with mental ill-health.

Visit the Mindframe for courts page for advice on talking to the media about suicide or mental ill-health.