Why add help-seeking information to a suicide story?


  • Vulnerable people can be adversely affected by suicide stories.
  • People are more likely to seek help when appropriate services are included in suicide stories.

Media IconWhat sort of information should be added?

It is strongly suggested that reports are accompanied by two crisis counselling services that operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week (Priority 1).

If space or time allows, add further service contacts where people can get information (Priority 2).

There is a range of crisis numbers and services. It is best to match the right information to the particular story (e.g. the age, state, cultural background etc).

 

How should I word it?

  • Detailed: List the range of crisis services as well as services for further information as outlined here.
  • Brief - For example: Contact {insert: crisis services} on {insert: number} if you are in need of immediate assistance or talk to someone you trust.

Adapting Information for the media type

  • In print news stories - List at least two crisis services with telephone numbers.
  • In print feature stories - List at least two crisis services with telephone numbers as well as other relevant sources of information in a breakout box or in the text.
  • On radio - Mention the name of two services. If space allows, mention the telephone numbers as well.
  • Within online stories - List at least two crisis services with telephone numbers as well as other relevant sources of information with direct links to the services.
  • On television - List at least two services people can access in the crawl or news ticker and reinforce with audio. 

Suicide Call Back Service
www.suicidecallbackservice.org.au
 

Suicide Line
www.suicideline.org.au 

 

Why add help-seeking information to a mental illness story?


People are more likely to seek help and advice when appropriate services are included in stories.


Media IconWhat sort of information should be added?

Ensure that the information you include matches the story. If the story is about a specific mental illness (e.g. depression) or population group (e.g. young people), include information that is most relevant (as outlined to the right).

Add a crisis counselling service too, as people may need immediate assistance for a mental health issue.

 

How should I word it?

If you need immediate assistance or support, please contact {insert - crisis counselling services}. For further information about {insert issue}, contact {insert - service} on {number or website}, or talk to a medical professional or someone you trust. For example:

 

"If you need immediate assistance, call Lifeline on 13 11 14. For further information about depression, contact beyondblue on 1300 22 4636 or www.beyondblue.org.au or talk to your GP, local health professional or someone you trust."


If space allows, list a range of national and local services people can access for information and support.

 

Adapting information for the media type

  • In print news stories - List one crisis and one information service with contact details.
  • In print feature stories - List at least one crisis and a range of relevant information services in a break out box or in the text.
  • On radio - Mention the name of one crisis and one information service. If time allows, mention telephone numbers or websites.
  • Within online stories - List one crisis and a range of information services, with contact details and direct links to the services.
  • On television - List one crisis and at least one information service in the crawl or news ticker and reinforce with audio.