With 2020 drawing to a close, we would like to thank everyone who has engaged with Mindframe this year and worked to ensure responsible reporting and communication about suicide, mental ill-health and Alcohol and Other Drugs (AOD).
With the holiday period upon us, the team would like to remind media and communications professionals that the need for safe and sensitive coverage of these issues continues.
Everymind Acting Program Manager, Sara Bartlett says the Christmas season can be a difficult time for those in our communities who have done it tough this year, who are experiencing mental ill-health or drug and alcohol use issues, or who been bereaved by suicide.
“It's important to consider how stories and the way we talk about these issues may impact on those who are vulnerable in our communities,” Ms Bartlett said.
“Everyone has an important role to play in contributing to awareness, breaking down stigma and myths and ultimately encouraging people to seek help if they need it.
“There are best-practice communication guidelines available to support these discussions in the media, in organisational communication, and the creative industries.”
The Mindframe guidelines, which include language and help-seeking information, are now available in one location on the program website.
Information on looking after your mental health and wellbeing during this time is also available.
“Reporting on trauma and difficult issues can be distressing. It's important to recognise the impact this may have on your wellbeing,” added Ms Bartlett.
“Participating in self-care activities in both the workplace and our personal lives can help to maintain positive wellbeing.”
Self-care is different for everyone. There is no specific timeframe or frequency for it to occur.
Some tips for self-care include:
- Managing stress in positive ways, such as meditation, exercise, music
- Making time for activities that you enjoy and that help you to relax
- Taking regular breaks while at work
- Speaking to your manager, loved ones, regular health care provider or a support service if you need help with your mental health.
Learn more about self-care here.