To report a media item to StigmaWatch, check the item adheres to the reporting criteria and fill in the form below.
- Stigma: the media item includes inaccurate or inappropriate reporting of mental illness or suicide (see examples) OR
- Positive portrayal: the media item features use of accurate or sensitive reporting of mental illness or suicide (see examples)
- Language: the media item misuses diagnostic term(s), such as ‘schizophrenic’, and/or the wording used specifically references, or implies mental illness. Use of non diagnostic terms such as ‘crazy’ or ‘insane’ may not be strong enough on their own to warrant action
- Media: the item has appeared in the media (e.g. TV, radio, newspaper, magazine, advertising)
- Australian: the media item originated in the Australian media
- Current: the report is sent within one month of the occurrence of stigma
StigmaWatch also encourages you to contact the media outlet directly – so they can hear first-hand how people are affected by their reporting and portrayal of mental illness and suicide.
The decision to follow-up reports lies with SANE Australia, based on the StigmaWatch criteria, the Mindframe Reporting Suicide and Mental Illness guidelines and the availability of resources.