So far this year SANE StigmaWatch has worked with metropolitan media outlets, regional newsrooms, journalists and businesses to reduce stigma and encourage responsible reporting of suicide-related issues.
StigmaWatch has seen some great examples of leadership from regional print journalists who are promoting suicide prevention and also some very interesting pieces on specific mental illnesses that were informative, respectful and balanced.
Some of the Good News Reports for 2015 can be viewed online.
From January till April this year 56 Stigma Reports have been submitted, 42 per cent of these included inappropriate reporting of suicide, 37 per cent trivialising mental illness or suicide and 15 per cent on inaccurate reporting.
StigmaWatch has worked with journalists from News.com.au, ABC Current Affairs and The Daily Telegraph, to name a few.
The quarterly Stigma Bulletin has been sent to over 2,000 members, updating StigmaWatchers on activity undertaken. You can subscribe online.
If you have seen a responsible or stigmatising report in the media you can nominate stories for consideration.
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 - 2015 StigmaWatch Reports
StigmaWatch Statistics - 2002 - 2014 StigmaWatch Reports