You can find State Government media statement in relation to mental health on the WA Government website and more news and updates about the Commission here.
The Mental Health Commission is committed to working with the media to increase awareness of mental health, alcohol and drug issues, and educate and inform the community.
For any media enquiries about the Mental Health Commission and its work, please contact our Media and Communications Team on 0436 470 845 or email@example.com (not monitored out of hours).
Thank you for your interest in the Mental Health Commission of Western Australia.
Unfortunately, due to the limited amount of staff resources we are not able to process student media enquiries.
We encourage budding journalists to use your research skills and utilise the plethora of information available on any of our websites including
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For more resources, please visit our Reports and Resources page.
Reporting on mental health, alcohol and other drugs
For media reporting on mental health, alcohol and other drugs, the Mindframe website is a great resource to help you provide responsible, accurate and sensitive representation of mental illness, suicide, and alcohol and other drugs in the media.
Mindframe provide great tools for
- communicating about mental ill-health
- communicating about alcohol and other drugs
- guidelines for language use
- guidelines for image use
The Australian Press Council also provides guidelines on drugs and drug addiction and health and medical matters.
The Mental Health Coordinating Council's Recovery Orientated Language Guide is a comprehensive language guide to using the right words when supporting mental health recovery with sections on diversity inclusive language, working with people experiencing grief and loss, and recovery language usage in the written word.
The Commission has also produced a Guide for Media Reporting on Volatile Substance Use. This is a media guide to raise awareness about the responsible reporting of volatile substances - sometimes known as inhalants.
For information about how to respond to volatile substance use, see the Volatile Substance Use in WA website.
If you find any problematic media coverage, please refer it directly to Sane StigmaWatch for urgent follow up.
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