Story sources and contacts 


Expert Advice

For expert advice on media reporting of suicide and mental illness contact:

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Mindframe National Media Initiative

Marc Bryant
Program Manager

T: 02 4924 6900

The SANE Media Centre

Ellen Sproule

Media Relations and Public Relations Manager

T: 03 9682 5933

Health departments media units

ACT
02 6205 0837

NSW 
02 9391 9121
24/7 pager: 02 9962 9890

NT 
08 8999 2818

Qld 
07 3234 1439

SA 
08 8226 6488 

Tas
03 6166 3713

Vic 
03 9096 8803

WA 
08 9222 4333

Mental health and suicide prevention organisations

Click on one of the following organisations for a quick link to the information below:


Australian Institute for Suicide Research and Prevention

Available for comment on: Suicide and suicide prevention

Media enquiries: Louise Durack, Communications Officer 
T: 07 5552 8654
M: 0419 649 516
E: l.durack@griffith.edu.au 

W: www.griffith.edu.au/health/australian-institute-suicide-research-prevention
E: aisrap@griffith.edu.au


beyondblue

Available for comment on: Depression and anxiety-related disorders 

Media enquiries: Julie Foster, Head of Communications
T: 03 9810 6114
M: 0409 433 501
E: media@beyondblue.org.au 

Anne Wright, Senior Advisor: Media and Communications
T: 03 9810 6108
M: 0411 035 695

T: 03 9810 6100
W: www.beyondblue.org.auwww.youthbeyondblue.com  


Black Dog Institute

Available for comment on: Depression and bipolar disorder

Media enquiries: Emily Cook, Senior Media and Public Relations Officer
T: 02 9382 3712  
M: 0405 208 616
E: e.m.cook@blackdog.org.au   

T: 02 9382 4530
W: www.blackdoginstitute.org.au 


Eating Disorders Victoria

Available for comment on: Eating disorders and body image issues

Media enquiries: Anna Saw, Communications Coordinator

T: 1300 550 236
E: anna.saw@eatingdisorders.org.au

Helpline: 1300 550 236
W: www.eatingdisorders.org.au
E: edv@eatingdisorders.org.au


headspace National Youth Mental Health Foundation

Available for comment on: Youth mental health and wellbeing 

Media enquiries: Carly Wright, Senior Corporate Communications Adviser
T: 03 9027 0129
M: 0413 025 385
E: cwright@headspace.org.au

Support: online and telephone counselling for 12-25 year olds via website
T: 03 9027 0100
W: www.headspace.org.au


Kids Helpline

Available for comment on: Mental health and wellbeing of children and young people

Media enquiries: Regan Flor, Senior Communications Advisor
T: 07 3867 1395
M: 0423 843 786
E: rflor@boystown.com.au  

Helpline: 1800 55 1800
T: 07 3369 1588
W: www.kidshelp.com.au 


Lifeline

Available for comment on: Mental health and wellbeing, suicide prevention and postvention.

Media enquiries: 
M: 0408 407 376
E: media@lifeline.org.au

Helpline: 13 11 14 (24/7)  
T: 02 6215 9400
W: www.lifeline.org.au


MensLine Australia

Available for comment on: Men's mental health, mental illness, suicide and suicide prevention

Media enquiries: Ellise McLoughlan, Communications Manager
T: 03 8371 2809
M: 0428 445 097
E: emcloughlan@ontheline.org.au  

Helpline: 1300 78 99 78
T: 03 8371 2800 
W: http://mensline.org.au


Mental Health Australia

Available for comment on: Information and policy issues related to mental health and illness

Media enquiries: Chris Wagner, Director of Communications
T: 02 6285 3100
M: 0434 378 939
E: chris.wagner@mhca.org.au

T: 02 6285 3100
W: www.mhaustralia.org


Mental Health in Multicultural Australia

Available for comment on: Mental health and suicide prevention for people from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds

Media enquiries: Tarna Komaric
T: 1300 136 289
E: Tarna.Komaric@health.qld.gov.au  

W: www.mhima.org.au


National Cannabis Prevention and Information Centre

Available for comment on: Cannabis and mental health

Media enquiries: Amanda McDonald, National Communications Manager
M: 0479 154 603
E: amanda.mcdonald@unsw.edu.au

T: 02 9385 0208
W: www.ncpic.org.au 


National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre

Available for comment on: Alcohol and drug-related harm, treatment and other intervention programs for alcohol and drug-related problems

Media enquiries: Marion Downey, Manager Media & Communications
T: 02 9385 0180
M: 0401 713 850
E: m.downey@unsw.edu.au 

W: http://ndarc.med.unsw.edu.au


National Eating Disorders Collaboration

Available for comment on: Collaboration in the eating disorders sector, evidence and practice

Media enquiries: The Butterfly Foundation
T: 02 9412 4499
E: info@nedc.com.au 

W: www.nedc.com.au 


National LGBTI Health Alliance

Available for comment on: The issues facing LGBTI Australians and how the mental health outcomes of these communities can be improved 

Media enquiries: Sally Morris 
T: 07 3017 1777, 02 8568 1123
E: sally.morris@lgbtihealth.org.au 

W: www.lgbtihealth.org.au 


ORYGEN Youth Health and ORYGEN Research Centre

Available for comment on: Youth mental health and wellbeing and related issues

Media enquiries: Communications and Policy Officer
T: 03 9343 2938
E: orygen-media@unimelb.edu.au

T: 03 9342 2800
W: www.oyh.org.au


Post and Antenatal Depression Association Inc. (PANDA)

Available for comment on: Perinatal depression and anxiety

Media enquiries:
T: 03 9481 3377
E: info@panda.org.au 

Helpline: 1300 726 306 10am-5pm (AEST), Mon-Fri
W: www.panda.org.au 


Queensland Alliance for Mental Health Inc.

Available for comment on: Mental Health Policy and community issues

Media enquiries: Richard Nelson, CEO
T: 07 3252 9411

W: www.qldalliance.org.au 


ReachOut Australia

Available for comment on: Youth mental health and wellbeing, online service delivery and related issues

Media enquiries: Doug Millen, Marketing and Communications Coordinator  
M: 0425 865 851 
E: doug@inspire.org.au 

T: 02 8029 7777
W: www.ReachOut.com/About 


R U OK?

Available for comment on: R U OK?Day, suicide prevention, how to talk to family and friends struggling with life

Media enquiries:
media@ruok.org.au
W: www.ruokday.com


SANE Australia

Available for comment on: Mental health / illness, suicide, self-harm, stigma media portrayals.

Media enquiries: Ellen Sproule, Media Relations and Public Relations Manager
T: 03 9682 5933
E: ellen.sproule@sane.org

Helpline: 1800 18 SANE (7263) Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm (EST)
W: www.sane.orgwww.itsallright.org 


SuicideLine (Vic)

Available for comment on: suicide, suicide prevention and help-seeking

Media enquiries: Ellise McLoughlan, Communications Manager
T: (03) 8371 2809
M: 0428 445 097
E: emcloughlan@ontheline.org.au  

Helpline: 1300 651 251  
T: (03) 8371 2800 
W: http://suicideline.org.au  


Suicide Call Back Service

Available for comment on: Suicide, suicide prevention and suicide bereavement

Media enquiries: Ellise McLoughlan, Communications Manager
T: (03) 8371 2809
M: 0428 445 097
E: emcloughlan@ontheline.org.au  

Helpline: 1300 659 467 
T: (03) 8371 2800 
W: http://suicidecallbackservice.org.au    


Suicide Prevention Australia

Available for comment on: Suicide prevention, postvention, self-harm and media portrayals

Media enquiries: Kim Borrowdale, Corporate Communications Manager
T: (02) 9262 1130
E: kimb@suicidepreventionaust.org

W: www.suicidepreventionaust.org

The Butterfly Foundation

Available for comment on: Eating disorders and related body or eating issues

Media enquiries: 

Taryn Harris, Communications Coordinator
T: (02) 8456 3931
E: taryn.harris@thebutterflyfoundation.org.au

Primary Communication, Jenny Muir
T: (02) 9212 3888
M: 0415 401 200
E: jmuir@primary-pr.com

Helpline: 1800 33 4673 
W: www.thebutterflyfoundation.org.au
E: info@thebutterflyfoundation.org.au 


The National StandBy Response Service

Media enquiries: Jill Fisher, Coordinator 
T: 07 5442 4277
M: 0458 406 640
E: JFisher@unitedsynergies.com.au 

W: www.unitedsynergies.com.au 


Wesley Mission

Media enquiries: Graeme Cole, Public Affairs Manager
T: 02 9263 5350 
M: 0408 470 722 
E: graeme.cole@wesleymission.org.au 

W: www.wesleymission.org.au