Report an item to StigmaWatch

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 (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
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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.

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