The Mental Health Council of Tasmania (MHCT) is a member based peak body. We represent and promote the interests of community managed mental health services and have a strong commitment to enabling better access and outcomes for every Tasmanian.

The Tasmanian Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Communications Charter

The Mental Health Council of Tasmania is partnering with Everymind (formally Hunter Institute of Mental Health) to develop and implement the principles and key messages of the National Communications Charter at an individual, community and systemic level in Tasmania.

‘Strengthening Tasmanian communities to talk safely about mental health and suicide prevention.’

What is the purpose of the Communications Charter?

The purpose of the Communications Charter is to assist in uniting and guiding the way the community talks about mental health and suicide prevention in Tasmania. The Charter aims to:

  • Provide key messages in talking safely about mental health and suicide prevention
  • Promote help-seeking behaviour
  • Support the reduction of stigma
  • Promote collaborative efforts in mental health and suicide prevention initiatives

Many common words used to describe people with mental illness are hurtful and stigmatising. As a community we can assist in changing this through clear, consistent and respectful language. Additionally, the Communications Charter provides a platform for uniting the sector and community leaders in talking safely about mental health and suicide within the community.

How do I sign the Charter?

From the 10th of September, we will be inviting individuals and organisations working within the mental health sector along with government departments and community leaders to sign the Charter.

A link to the website with introductory training and subsequent Charter registration will be made available here from the 10th September.

We hope you can join us in communicating safely about mental and suicide prevention in Tasmania.

How do I get involved or find out what this means for me or my organisation?

If you have any questions about the Communications Charter Project, please contact MHCT Project Officer, Bree Klerck

p. 03 6224 9222

e. bklerck@mhct.org

 

 

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