NAIDOC week reflections from the Mindframe team - 9 July 2014

Each July NAIDOC week celebrations are held across Australia to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. NAIDOC stands for  ‘National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee’ and is an opportunity for all Australians to recognise the culture and contributions of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

Mindframe resources included in new mental health training initiative for NSW Police Force officers - 1 July 2014

More than 13,000 NSW frontline police officers will be introduced to Mindframe for Police resources as part of a new one day mental health training program.

Mindframe at 1st Aus LGBTI mental health conference - 24 June 2014

The Mindframe National Media Initiative will co-present with JOY 94.9 at the LGBTI Health Alliance’s inaugural ‘Courageous Voices: Seeds of hope and transformation’ conference this week (26 - 27 June 2014).

National media panel: reducing mental illness stigma - 2 June 2014

The Hunter Institute of Mental Health will be hosting a Mindframe National Media Initiative (Mindframe) expert panel event on reducing stigma of mental illness via the media. The event is being held in Melbourne on Tuesday morning (June 3, 2014) to coincide with Mindframe’s annual National Media Advisory Group meeting.

Mindframe presenting at Eating Disorders & Obesity Conference - 27 May 2014

Mindframe will be presenting our ‘Resource for reporting and portrayal of eating disorders’ at The Eating Disorders and Obesity Conference on 26 and 27 May 2014 at QT Hotel on the Gold Coast.

Featuring schizophrenia on stage and screen - 18 May 2014

Among the many types of mental illness, schizophrenia receives extensive coverage when it comes to film.  Sometimes, portrayals can be negative and perpetuate stereotypes such as 'mad genius', 'two-faced', 'split-personality' and 'violent'.  Schizophrenia often has a special place in people's fears.  Yet, through accurate portrayals, scriptwriter's are in a prime position to open up the channels for community discussion and help address stigma.

Latest Mindframe e-newsletter - 17 April 2014

Welcome to the latest Mindframe e-newsletter, available to view here.

Media award with $2,000 cash prize for best mental illness story - 11 April 2014

Journalists are reminded to enter their stories about mental illness into the annual TheMHS Awards – which includes a media category!

Media alert: Mindframe advice for media re use of dangerous images during Fashion Week - 8 April 2014

Mindframe, in conjunction with The Butterfly Foundation, would like to remind Australian media covering this year’s Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week to be cautious when reporting and using imagery in stories related to body image and eating disorders.

National Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Communication Charter - 3 April 2014

Earlier this week, the National Mental Health Commission launched a ‘big picture’ National Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Communication Charter. The Charter aims to support a national approach for health communication practitioners when developing mental health and suicide prevention messages.