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.