The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has today released its 2019 Causes of Death data, which includes annual, national and state suicide information.
Media Alert: Mindframe advice for the safe reporting of suspected accidental drug overdoses in NSW, Central Coast
Australian media are reminded to report sensitively on the recent suspected accidental drug overdoses in Budgewoi (NSW, Central Coast). Evidence suggests that the way in which a person who uses alcohol and other drugs is described, can impact an individual’s self-esteem, shape community perceptions, increase stigma and decrease help-seeking behaviour.
Australian media are called on to communicate safely and sensitively on suicide-related data now publicly accessible through the National Suicide and Self-Harm Monitoring System.
Australian media are reminded to report responsibly around the current circulation on a range of social channels of a problematic and graphic video, which features a man’s death by suicide.
The full suite of Mindframe guidelines and resources are now available in one convenient location on mindframe.org.au reflecting refreshed design and links to evidence.
With the new Robin Williams documentary ‘Robin’s Wish’ released internationally today, Australian media are encouraged be cautious in their coverage.
A new addition to the suite of Mindframe evidence-informed media guidelines was launched today, highlighting how to safely communicate on severe mental illness in the context of violence and crime.
While the unexpected death of Daisy Coleman is a story of public interest and will receive ongoing coverage, it is important media report responsibly.
When it comes to discussing the complex issue of suicide, Australian media and communications professionals have an important role to play in contributing to awareness, breaking down stigma and myths and ultimately encouraging help-seeking behaviour among individuals, families and communities.
It’s never been more important to ensure that stories involving mental ill-health and suicide avoid over simplification.