National Communications Charter
The National Communications Charter (The Charter) is a resource and uniting document to guide the way people in the mental health and suicide prevention sectors, government, business and community members talk about mental health and suicide prevention.
It serves as a formal commitment to working together and developing better structures and processes for collaboration so that together we can reduce stigma and promote help-seeking behaviour.
We all have a role to play in reducing stigma around mental ill-health and suicide while also promoting help-seeking behaviour through The Charter's guiding principles and messages.
The National Communications Charter
What can you or your organisation do?
1. Become a signatory
Take a minute and sign The Charter, demonstrating your commitment to reducing stigmatising language and promoting help-seeking and help-offering behaviour.
As a signatory, you agree to support the principles and key messages of The Charter in reducing suicide and its impacts and improving the mental health and social and emotional wellbeing of people, families and communities across Australia.
2. Support and share The Charter
Individuals, organisations and communities are encouraged to show their support and share their commitment to The Charter. Consider ways to promote that you are a signatory and how you may share the key messages and principles of The Charter with your audiences.
A range of resources will be made available upon signing The Charter to support your promotional activities.
3. Implement the principles
Signing The Charter isn't the end of the story. Both individuals and organisational signatories are encouraged to explore The Charter action guides to support the implementation of communications principles and key messages of The Charter.
By working together under the guidance of The Charter, individuals, organisations and communities can maximise efforts and resources to help prevent mental illness and suicide and minimise the personal, social and economic effects these have on people, families, and communities.
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