An economic evaluation has found that Everymind’s Mindframe program leads to cost-savings compared to the absence of guidelines and is worthy of investment and inclusion in national suicide prevention strategies.
Described in a peer-reviewed article in the journal ‘Suicide and Life Threatening Behaviour’, Mindframe was found to have delivered a $94 return on every dollar invested into it and was associated with a cost saving of $596 million over five years, new research has found.
The same study which focused on implementation of Reporting suicide and mental ill-health: A Mindframe resource for media professionals along with the broad suite of Mindframe resources and initiatives, also associated the program with the prevention of 139 suicides over the same period along with a gain of 107 quality adjusted life years.
The study was led by researchers from The University of Melbourne and Monash University, with collaborators from University of Western Sydney, Everymind, The University of Newcastle, Telethon Kids Institute and The University of Western Australia.
They conducted economic analyses to determine whether implementing Mindframe guidelines for media reporting of suicides provides value for money.
Read more and access the full paper via Life in Mind.