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Mindframe is empowering communicators to approach difficult topics of suicide and mental ill-health safely

Friday 26, Jun 2020

Mindframe has introduced free online training sessions on communicating safely and sensitively about suicide and mental ill-health.

These areas are important topics of public interest and, for more than two decades national institute, Everymind has delivered the Mindframe program to provide comprehensive guidance, training and education on the safe reporting, portrayal and communication of suicide, mental ill-health, and alcohol and other drugs.

The way suicide and mental ill-health are reported, portrayed or communicated about can impact the way vulnerable people access help-seeking information and services. The use of non-stigmatising or glamourising language, the correct use of statistics, and not detailing graphic information can have a profound impact on the behaviour outcomes of vulnerable people in the community.

This evidence-based approach supports professional communicators to identify potentially problematic areas when communicating about these issues, to ensure a safe approach without needing to detail explicit information.

The weekly Mindframe drop-in sessions are relevant to public relations and communication professionals in any field where there’s need for written or verbal communication about themes of suicide or mental illness. 

Each session includes:

  • A brief overview of the Mindframe program
  • The Australian context, with current data
  • The guidelines in-depth
  • Examples of problematic communication
  • Information about help-seeking and self-care
  • Opportunity for a Q&A with Mindframe team members.

Suicide and mental ill-health are covered separately (on alternating weeks) and each session is approximately one hour.

The sessions support the evidence-based Mindframe guidelines for safe communication about suicide, mental ill-health and alcohol and other drugs.

Mindframe training aims to:

  • Reduce the stigma and discrimination experienced by people with mental ill-health and lived experience of suicide
  • Minimise harm and copycat behaviour
  • Increase help-seeking behaviour 
  • Improve mental health and wellbeing.

The drop-in sessions are offered weekly from Wednesday, 1 July 2020. To register for a session, please visit the Mindframe website.