The peak body representing the Tasmanian community managed mental health sector at a state and national level.

The Tasmanian Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Communications Charter

The Mental Health Council of Tasmania has commenced work a on a new project called the Tasmanian Mental health and Suicide Prevention Communications Charter. The project will work directly with Tasmanian community organisations and networks to develop and implement a Charter that will enable groups and individuals that deliver talks, presentations and workshops around mental health and suicide prevention to enhance their existing work in a safe, supportive and respectful way.

Communicating around these sensitive topics can be challenging but also so rewarding for the audience involved. This Charter will be a way to support existing work but also assist those new to providing any sort of targeted communications around mental health and suicide.

The project will involve working in conjunction with the  Hunter Institute of Mental Health (HIMH) who are the organisation responsible for the Mindframe National Media Initiative and associated resources developed for and utilised by media, mental health organisations, education providers and various other communicators in this area. HIMH have also established a National Charter, which the Tasmanian Charter work will draw from and utilise.

To learn more about Mindframe and their resources Click here.

The project will involve the following steps in order to ensure its success:

  • MHCT will establish a state-wide Communications Working Party to support development and implementation of a Tasmanian Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Charter.
  • The Working Party will be supported to undertake regular review of public documents and media reporting and actively encourage and promote best practice.
  • The Working Party will support development and implementation of the Tasmanian Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Communications Charter, development of communication guidelines, a capacity building program and establish and maintain a register of safe community conversation providers in relation to suicide prevention.
  • MHCT will engage with the Hunter Institute of Mental Health (HIMH) to lead the work to develop a Tasmanian Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Communications Charter.
  • MHCT will support the HIMH to develop a capacity building tool to implement the Charter.
  • MHCT will support the implementation of the Charter by developing a strategy in partnership with the Tasmanian Suicide Prevention Community Network.

If you would like to learn more about this work, please get in touch via 62249222 or admin@mhct.org