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
Following the 2018 #Seatac air incident, it’s a timely reminder that media can assist in bringing to light a range of broader issues around suicide including risk factors such as mental health problems and protective factors such as normalising helps seeking.
Everymind’s, Suicide Prevention Project Lead, Alexandra Culloden will be in Hobart this week, presenting at the 10th Australian Rural & Remote Mental Health Symposium.