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This factsheet was produced for media professionals to encourage the appropriate reporting of suicide in Indigenous programs and the media. It presents facts and statistics on suicide and mental illness as well as issues to consider when reporting on these topics, such as cultural protocols and sensitivities. The factsheet also includes contact information for national helplines, statistics and research information, the state and territory health departments, advice on stories, and helpful websites.
Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract
People who work in the media should use this factsheet as a guide when reporting on suicide in the Indigenous media or programs. This will help to ensure the appropriate reporting of suicide that is sensitive to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures.
Hunter Institute of Mental Health
Ph: (02) 4924 6904
Fax: (02) 4924 6909
Commencing in 2000 and funded by the Department of Health and Ageing, the Mindframe national media initiative was developed to encourage the responsible reporting of mental illness and suicide in the media.