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Social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter offer media and communications practitioners working in mental health and suicide prevention a range of benefits, including a larger audience reach and the ability to promote stories on numerous sites. However many challenges and risks around online communication still exist.

The Mindframe National Media Initiative recognises the important role played by both media and communication managers in providing safe messages about mental health and suicide to the Australian public, and have therefore begun developing guidelines to help ensure that the quality of reporting and portrayal of suicide, self-harm and mental illness is safe, accurate and effective.

More information on these guidelines to come soon.