‘Proceed, with caution’ - Revised Guidelines on reporting of suicide welcomed

SANE Australia welcomes the Australian Press Council’s release of updated Standards Relating to Suicide reporting. 

SANE Australia’s Executive Director, Barbara Hocking, says the Standards reinforce the need for responsible reporting and discussion about suicide, while also reminding Australian media outlets to be mindful of the impact the reporting of individual deaths can have on readers. SANE was pleased to be one of the groups contributing to the new Standards.

‘The Standards emphasise what the media can do to support suicide prevention activities, such as including helpline details in stories, whilst protecting vulnerable people by not providing details of methods,’ Ms Hocking explains.

For more information see the Australian Press Council’s media release.

View the Australian Press Council’s Standards Relating to Suicide.

Or, for further information on responsible reporting of suicide, visit the Mindframe Media Initiative.