Resources for media reporting

Guidelines about the reporting of suicide and mental illness are available to media via the Mindframe National Media Initiative: Reporting Suicide and Mental Illness is a 56-page comprehensive resource which provides practical advice and information to journalists about sensitive and appropriate reporting of suicide and mental illness.

SANE Media Centre Guidelines

SANE Australia has developed a series of factsheets on reporting mental illness and suicide, which support the Mindframe Guidelines.

Helping-seeking information

People are more likely to seek help and advice when appropriate services are included in stories.

pdf What sort of information should be added?


Factsheets and Podcasts

SANE has a series of factsheets + podcasts which provide clear and up-to-date explanations of a range of mental health problems and related issues.

Mindframe National Media Initiative

More than 100 international studies have been conducted looking at the link between media reporting of suicide and suicidal behaviour.

In 2010 Mindframe commissioned a critical review of these studies, Suicide and the news and information media, which found representations of suicide in news and information media can influence copycat acts in particular circumstances.

 pdf Evidence to support caution in reporting suicide

Reporting suicide and mental illness is funded as part of the Mindframe National Media Initiative (Mindframe Initiative). The Mindframe Initiative is funded by the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing and guided by the National Media and Mental Health Group, with representatives from peak media and mental health organisations. The Initiative aims to influence media coverage of issues related to mental illness and suicide by encouraging responsible, accurate and sensitive portrayals.

The SANE Media Centre is supported by the Australian Government as part of the Mindframe National Media Initiative.