Media alert: Mindframe advice for media when reporting suicide and mental illness - 24 February 2014

Mindframe would like to thank the Australian media for their cautious and responsible coverage of the death of Charlotte Dawson over the weekend.

With the story obviously in the public interest and receiving ongoing coverage, it’s important the media continue to report responsibly given that repeated and sustained coverage can increase the risk to those that are vulnerable or distressed.

Actor Simone Buchanan discusses the importance of accurately portraying characters with mental illness - 11 February 2014

The Mindframe team recently caught up with Simone Buchanan to discuss her role as Samantha Fitzgerald, a character in Neighbours who developed bipolar disorder. Simone talks through some of the challenges she faced, and provides advice for scriptwriters looking to portray a character with mental illness.

Mindframe launches monthly e-newsletter - 10 February 2014

The Mindframe National Media Initiative has launched its first monthly e-newsletter.

The aim of the communique is to keep stakeholders updated on the key activities that the team are currently working on, as well as any future work and events. 

Mindframe to participate in Australian Press Council roundtable - 10 February 2014

Mindframe Program Manager Marc Bryant has been invited to participate in an Australian Press Council (APC) roundtable discussion on Tuesday, 11 February 2014 on behalf of Mindframe and the Hunter Institute of Mental Health.

Nominations open for the LiFE Awards “Communication Category” - 5 February 2014

Nominations are now open for the 11th annual national LiFE Awards, which includes a category for promoting suicide prevention messages via the media or a public relations campaign.

Final social media report into mental illness and suicide communication by the media and other sectors - 7 January 2014

Mindframe has published its final report investigating communication by the media and other sectors around mental illness and suicide via social media. The outcomes of this report will be used to develop guidance for both the media and mental health and suicide preventions sectors on safe and effective use when promoting such issues.

Nominations open for the TheMHS Media Award - 6 January 2014

Nominations are now open for the annual Mental Health Media Achievement Awards. Media from Australia and New Zealand are encouraged to enter. Nominations close on Wednesday 1 May 2014.

‘Suicide bereavement and the media’ article published in Advances in Mental Health - 20 December 2013

Hunter Institute of Mental Health (Hunter Institute) staff have published a journal article titled: ‘Suicide bereavement and the media: A qualitative study’ in the Advances in Mental Health journal (V11, issue 3). The research was led by Mindframe, with authors including Jaelea Skehan (Hunter Institute), Myfanwy Maple (University of New England), and Jill Fisher (National StandBy Response Service).

Mindframe congratulates 2013 JEAA Ossie Mindframe for Journalism Education Award winner - 4 December 2013

The 2013 Ossie award winners were announced at last night's JEAA Conference Dinner, with the Mindframe for Journalism Education award going to Griffith University journalism student Keiren Bond for her informative and engaging blog titled ‘This was not a choice. Elucidating eating disorders and the journeys to recovery’.

Mindframe congratulates Newcastle Herald for winning Walkley Awards - 29 November 2013

Mindframe would like to congratulate all the nominees and winners of this year's Walkley Awards, particularly the staff at our local newspaper the Newcastle Herald.