Suicide is a touchy issue in the media because it should be dealt in an appropriate manner that doesn’t encourage copycat suicides
There are debates on whether there should be more media exposure to raise awareness which could prevent and decrease the attempts and deaths by suicide.
There are organisations and helplines out there to help people with mental illness. For more information, contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or SANE Helpline on 1800 18 7263
Tim Brunero caught up with Michael O’Connell, the Commissioner for Victims’ Rights to find out why the media struggles when covering such a prevalent issue.
Produced by Jess Hand