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ABC Perth presents ‘Safely reporting suicide forum’ – 5 September – ABC studios

ABC Perth presents ‘Safely reporting suicide forum’ – 5 September – ABC studios

Media roundtable on responsibly reporting suicide and mental illness

September 5, 2011 – 6.30pm to 8.30pm
ABC Studios, 30 Fielder Street, East Perth

Reporting suicide can be done in a helpful way, but it can also be extremely harmful.

You’re invited to explore and discuss this contentious issue at a special forum designed specifically for WA journalists.

Supported by Lifeline and hosted by 720 ABC Perth Mornings presenter Geoff Hutchison; a panel featuring Lifeline WA CEO Amanda Wheeler, Minister for Mental Health Helen Morton, bereaved father Geoff Diver, Mindframe representative Jaelea Skehan and West Australian Newspaper Editor Brett McCarthy will discuss reporting suicide in the media.

The forum is designed as a professional and personal support for journalists as they navigate this challenging area of reporting.

We’ll hear from people with personal experience and give journalists the opportunity to ask questions about their role in reporting suicide responsibly and compassionately.

This is an invitation only event and spaces are limited, so for more information or to book your place please email suicideforumwa@gmail.com.

All media are welcome, including journalism students and tutors.

Lifeline counsellors will also be present. If you or someone you know is contemplating suicide, call Lifeline on 13 11 14.