Community organisations, schools and workplaces play a key role in suicide prevention. By supporting the Tasmanian Communications Charter, your organisation can lead the way in promoting a shared understanding of mental health, mental ill-health and suicide prevention.
The Tasmanian Communications Charter provides an initial step in introducing concepts of mental health and wellbeing to your workplace. You can join other organisations such as TasTAFE, Lifeline Tasmania and headspace who have already signed the Charter.
Why is the Charter important?
Stigma continues to be a barrier for people when it comes to their mental health. In a recent survey by MHCT, 54% of respondents reported perceived negative community attitudes to mental ill-health was a barrier to accessing help. The Tasmanian Communications Charter provides an initial step in addressing the issue through building a contemporary understanding of mental health.
What is the Charter?
Tasmania is the first state to adopt the new National Communications Charter. The Charter aims to reduce stigma and promote help-seeking behaviour by bringing individuals and organisations together to build community literacy and a contemporary understanding of mental health, mental ill-health and suicide prevention.
How can your organisation get involved?
As an organisation, supporting the key principles of the Charter can be an initial step in shifting workplace culture around mental health and wellbeing. The key principles of the Charter are highlighted below, and can be interpreted to suit your organization’s needs.
1. Recognise mental health, mental ill-health and suicide prevention as a priority issue.
2. Use person-centred and respectful language in communications.
3. Share nationally consistent information and messages.
4. Collaborate with local community and services.
5. Include people with lived experience in your organisation.
6. Promote crisis services and help-seeking information.
We will be in contact shortly to discuss how your organisation can support the principles of the Tasmanian Communications Charter.