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Report a Media Item to Stigmawatch

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When someone reports to StigmaWatch, the media item is investigated and evaluated against the StigmaWatch Criteria and Mindframe guidelines. If appropriate, StigmaWatch then acts on the report.

To report a media item to StigmaWatch, check the item adheres to the reporting criteria and fill in the form below.

Reporting criteria

Stigma: the media item includes inaccurate or inappropriate reporting of mental illness or suicide OR

Good News: the media item features use of accurate or sensitive reporting of mental illness or suicide

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.

Description of incident in media you are reporting and how you feel this impacts on the community*
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Name of publication or TV or radio program or channel*
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Title of the article*
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Name of presenter or journalist (if appropriate)
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Date of publication or broadcast*
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Page number or time of broadcast*
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Last updated: 17 January, 2017