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Communicating about suicide during a global pandemic: impact on journalists and media audiences

Alexandra Wake, Sciprofile linkElizabeth Paton, Rebecca Pryor
Published: 16 September 2020
Media International Australia ; doi:10.1177/1329878x20956415

Abstract: COVID-19 has brought with it an increase in predictions of mental ill-health and suicide impacts in Australia. For journalists, it has been a period not only of personal stress about their economic livelihoods and occupational safety, but also balancing providing up to date information about the pandemic with safe, sensitive and accurate reporting on associated suicide and mental health issues. Mindframe offers guidelines, resources and individualised support to help manage the complexities of reporting on suicide in this global pandemic, working with media to protect people in their audience who are vulnerable to suicide while also helping journalists protect their own mental health and well being.
Keywords: suicide / Journalists / Crisis Communication / suicide prevention / media guidelines

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