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Mindframe courageous voices


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Supporting courageous voices discuss suicide and mental illness safely and responsibly. Presented at the LGBTI Mental Health Conference 2014, Sydney, 26-27 June 2014.

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Mindframe courageous voices

  1. 1. Supporting courageous voices discuss suicide and mental illness safely and responsibly 26 June 2014
  2. 2. Alexandra Culloden Mindframe National Media Initiative @MindframeMedia Conrad Browne General Manager JOY 94.9 @joy949
  3. 3. Upfront Suicide is a legitimate issue to be covered by the media Mindframe does not suggest that media should refrain from covering this issue – however, media need to be aware of the potential impact of covering suicide
  4. 4. Mindframe • Funded by Department of Health NSPP • Guided by national advisory groups (media, health, police, universities, entertainment) • Aim: To disseminate evidence-based information to sectors to improve media coverage of suicide and mental illness.
  5. 5. So what does this mean for LGBTI media and community?
  6. 6. Suicide and mental illness in LGBTI communities LGBTI Health Alliance: • Most current statistics come from studies conducted in the last decade • LGBTI people have significantly poorer mental health and higher rates of suicide ideation than the general Australian population • There is currently no population based research on LGBTI completed suicides in Australia
  7. 7. Suicide and mental illness in LGBTI communities • Private Lives I (2006): – 49% of LGBTI men had experienced a major depressive episode – 45% of LGBTI women had experienced a major depressive episode – 16% of all respondents had suicidal ideation in the two weeks prior to the survey • Suicide Prevention Australia (2009): – 28% LGBTI women have self harmed or attempted suicide compared to 8.3% of heterosexual women – 20.8% of LGBTI men compared to 5.4% of heterosexual men have self harmed.
  8. 8. What are the current suicide rates in Australia?
  9. 9. Why do we need to consider the way that we report suicide?
  10. 10. The evidence: suicide • Media play a role in raising awareness of suicide and prevention behaviour as these are public health issues. • The risk of copycat behaviour is increased when a story is prominent, about a celebrity, details method and/or location and glorifies the death in some way. • People may be influenced by the report, particularly when they identify with the person in the report. • Whilst healthy members of the community are unlikely to be affected, people in despair are often unable to find alternative solutions to their problems.
  11. 11. Resources to support safe and responsible reporting • Reporting suicide and mental illness: A Mindframe resource for media professionals • Quick reference cards: – Reporting suicide – Reporting mental illness – Helplines
  12. 12. Developing specific resources for reporting on suicide and mental illness in LGBTI community • Partnership with MindOUT! • Training with LGBTI media • Consultation and evaluations: – needs of different groups in reporting suicide and mental illness – type of resource that may support these discussions • Development and review process
  13. 13. Quick reference card for supporting safe and responsible reporting of suicide and mental illness in the LGBTI community
  14. 14. @mindframemedia @AlexCulloden
  15. 15. Conrad Browne General Manager JOY 94.9 is a self-funded, volunteer-based community radio station, providing an independent voice for the diverse lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer and allied communities. The station launched on World Aids Day 1993 and this December celebrates it’s 21st birthday. Broadcasting from Melbourne 365 days a year – listen live to award winning news, current affairs, music, arts, cultural programs and more at