The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) will tomorrow release the 2020-21 National Study of Mental Health and Wellbeing. This is the first time this survey has been conducted since 2007.
The report provides data on a range of issues including mental illness and suicide. Research shows that prominent and sensationalised media reporting about these themes can be stigmatising and reduce the likelihood of help-seeking behaviours by those who may be personally impacted or in need of support.
Following a recent increase in reporting related to youth suicide and bullying, it is important to consider the impact this can have on communities. Australian media and communicators have an important role to play in reducing harm to communities when communicating about youth suicide.
With the Federal Budget set to be released on Tuesday and a national election due by 21 May, Members of Parliament, candidates, journalists and other commentators are urged to be mindful of how they publicly discuss mental health and suicide.
The staff of Everymind are saddened to learn of the passing of Professor Emeritus Richard Warwick Blood. Warwick was a true scholar, a leader in journalism and communication and someone who was generous with his time and knowledge.
Media professionals have an important role to play in reducing community use of outdated language relating to mental illness.
Research shows the repeated publishing of outdated or out of context terms relating to mental illness may increase stigma for those with lived experience, trivialise the issue or discourage people from seeking help when they need it.
Australian media professionals are reminded to apply Mindframe guidelines when reporting on suspected suicide and self-harm in relation to violent crime. While the recent deaths in Victoria’s Yarra Ranges are of public interest and will receive ongoing media coverage, it is important for media to report on this incident responsibly.
While the court proceedings of Glenn Stratton and the death of his father Colin Stratton is a story of public interest, media are reminded of the importance of responsible reporting on assisted dying/euthanasia.
Congratulations to the winners of this year’s Mindframe for Journalism Education Ossie Awards, Olek Novak and Tayla Burgess, presented at the Journalism Education and Research Association of Australia (JERAA) Conference.
Australian media professionals are reminded to apply the Mindframe guidelines in ongoing reporting on the death of Brian Laundrie.
The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has today released its 2020 Causes of Death data, which includes annual, national and state suicide information.