Following the conclusion of the 2018 Journalism Education and Research Association of Australia Conference (JERAA) which took place in Hobart late last year, the Mindframe team has turned the spotlight on the impacts and trends of international syndication and how to minimise harm.
The Mindframe team have taken a closer look at some of the differences between the term mental health and mental ill-health to assist in supporting balanced and safe reporting about mental illness.
The media in Australia play an important role in shaping public attitudes about many important issues including suicide, mental ill-heath and alcohol and other drugs (AOD) use.
AOD issues are recognised widely as a major public health concern, directly affecting millions of Australians each year. This is a critical opportunity for the media to inform and change public perception around AOD use, and encourage help-seeking for those with AOD issues.
It is undoubtable that film, television and theatre exert a powerful influence when it comes to comes to informing and shaping community attitudes towards mental ill-health and suicide due to their broad reach and appeal.
The busy festive period is a timely reminder that media play an important role in bringing to light the significance of help-seeking behaviour and the variety of pathways that are available.
Evidence shows that people are more likely to seek help when appropriate services are included in stories referencing suicid