In 2013 SANE StigmaWatch worked with national news groups, metropolitan media outlets, regional newsrooms, businesses and celebrities to reduce stigma and encourage responsible reporting of suicide-related issues.
There were 268 Stigma Reports submitted during 2013, with 49 per cent trivialising mental illness, 19 per cent irresponsibly reporting on suicide and 10 per cent linking violence and mental illness.
The number of Stigma Reports increased by 34 per cent, up from 200 submitted during 2012.
Media outlets contacted during 2013 included Channel 9, Channel 7, the ABC, The Australian, The Age, The Courier Mail, 6PR, and Fox FM.
Quarterly Stigma Bulletins were sent to over 2,000 members, updating members on activity undertaken throughout the year.
It is important to remember that SANE StigmaWatch does not aim to stop media reports on issues such as mental illness and suicide, rather, StigmaWatch encourages more accurate and responsible reporting of these complex and sensitive issues.
StigmaWatch Statistics - 2013 StigmaWatch Reports
StigmaWatch Statistics - 2002 - 2013 StigmaWatch Reports