Encouraging safe and purposeful media reporting
What do we know?
Suicidal behaviour can be learned through the media. Media guidelines supporting the responsible reporting of suicide by the media can reduce suicide rates, and in providing safe, quality media coverage, improve awareness and help seeking. Australia leads the world in application of the evidence around media and suicide yet there can be a misunderstanding and ‘fear’ of media guidelines.
What is said (or not said) about suicide is important. The community needs to drive the conversation about what is working locally, what people can do to help and where more attention is required. We are supporting local organisations to take a more proactive and coordinated approach to engaging with the media and managing this conversation.
What is happening?
- Providing Mindframe media training to local media outlets and mental health organisations
- Taking proactive approach to media via communication planning and relationship building with local media
- Developing a ‘Regional Suicide Response Plan’ to coordinate local response to critical events and facilitate access to resources
- Training and supporting people with lived experience to share their story in a safe and appropriate way
Strategy Summary - Media
This brochure provides community members with a summary of the evidence, what is happening and how you can get involved.
Research Summary - Media
This document provides a detailed summary of the evidence covering why the strategy is included in LifeSpan, evidence supporting the interventions recommended by LifeSpan, and how this strategy will be evaluated as part of the LifeSpan NSW Research trial.