Words and Images

Does your organisation have an internal policy or written guidance on image or language use?

Everymind is currently conducting a scoping review to inform the development of the project and resources to be developed. One part of the scoping review is to assess what is currently being used by organisations to guide their own use of language and images to communicate about and portray mental health and wellbeing, mental illness, self-harm, suicidal behaviour and alcohol and other drug use.

If your organisation has written guidance or policies on image and/or language use, please contact [email protected] to discuss how these can contribute to this phase of the project.

About the project:

Everymind is working with a Project Advisory Group, a Research Leadership Group and a range of other stakeholders to develop guidelines and web-based resources to support image and language use that is safe, inclusive, hopeful and non-stigmatising when communicating about mental health and wellbeing, mental illness, suicidal behaviour, and alcohol and other drugs.

Work is being undertaken using a research framework and is grounded in a participatory design approach including people with lived experience, professional communicators, clinicians, community members and others involved in communicating about mental health issues. This will be enhanced through significant stakeholder engagement and testing throughout the life of the project.

Guidelines, resources and other outputs from the project will be developed in stages between 2021-2022 with dissemination of guides scheduled for 2022-2023.

This project is funded by the National Mental Health Commission, and forms part of a long-term vision for an Australian society where stigma and discrimination, based on experiences of mental ill-health, suicidal distress and alcohol and other drug use, are no longer barriers to all people living long and contributing lives.

For more information about the Words and Images project, please contact Dr Elizabeth Paton, Project Lead.

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