Mindframe provide guidance on:
- the preferred words to use when talking about suicide
- providing help-seeking information
- appropriate media reporting of suicide and mental illness
Information on each of these is provided in this article.
|Presenting suicide as a desired outcome||‘successful suicide’, ‘unsuccessful suicide’||‘died by suicide’, ‘took their own life’|
|Associating suicide with crime or sin||‘committed suicide’, ‘commit suicide’||‘took their own life’, ‘suicide death’|
|Sensationalising suicide||‘suicide epidemic’||‘increasing rates’, ‘higher rates’|
|Language glamourising a suicide attempt||‘failed suicide’, ‘suicide bid’||‘suicide attempt’, ‘non-fatal attempt’|
|Gratuitous use of the term ‘suicide’||‘political suicide’, ‘suicide mission’||refrain from using the term suicide out of context|
Source: Mindframe, https://mindframe.org.au/suicide/communicating-about-suicide/language, July 2021
- two support services that operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week
- provide direct links to services in online content
- include information around at least one online support service or forum
- other service contacts where people can get information
- include relevant information to the particular content, e.g. demographic, state or cultural diversity.
The Mindframe Support Services information card can be downloaded here.