Evidence and research


Please click on the links below to access evidence and research about:


Media monitoring studies

There have been two large-scale Media Monitoring studies in Australia, which have provided information about the way Australian news media report suicide and mental illness.

For more information and download a copy of the studies,please visit: http://www.mindframe-media.info/for-media/reporting-suicide/evidence-and-research/media-monitoring-studies



Academic Research Scheme

One of the objectives of the Mindframe for Universities project (previously Response Ability) is to increase academic ownership and involvement with the curriculum resources and the broader issues.


Offered in three rounds between 2008 and 2011, the Response Ability Academic Research Scheme aimed to achieve this by encouraging academics to add to the evaluation data for the project specifically as well as the growing body of research about media portrayals and broader communication about suicide and mental illness.

Applications were invited from academics from Australian tertiary institutions that contribute to the teaching or planning of journalism or public relations degrees. The submission criteria included:

  • Research directed at evaluating any aspect of the Response Ability (Mindframe for Universities) resources specifically (with journalism students, public relations students, or both); or
  • Research focussing more broadly on media reporting of suicide and/or mental illness or public relations practice about suicide or mental illness.

Applicants accepted for funding over the course of this scheme were:

  • Ms. Kate Fitch, Murdoch University (WA), for her research project titled “Ethics and education in public relations”
  • Ms. Heather Stewart, University of Queensland (QLD), for her research project titled “Indigenous voices (project partner evaluation)”
  • Dr. Mandy Oakham and Dr. Josie Vine, RMIT University (VIC) for their research project titled “The elephant in the room: an exploration of the coverage of a suicide cluster by a regional newspaper”
  • Prof. Kerry Green, University of South Australia (SA) for his research project titled “Vulnerability and News Media”
  • Assoc. Prof. Michael Meadows, Griffith University (QLD) for his research project titled “Community Media & Mental Illness”
  • Mr. Paul Scott, University of Newcastle (NSW) for his research project titled “Impact of Response Ability materials among first year journalism students at the University of Newcastle”

The Response Ability Academic Research Scheme has now concluded, however Mindframe for universities continues to engage in research partnerships and collaborations. Review further information about what we’re working on at the moment or to explore options for partnering with Mindframe for Universities, contact the project team.

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