Year: 2009 Source: Crisis, v.30, no.1, (2009), p.25-33 SIEC No: 20100269

Australian newspaper, television, & radio items on suicide were retrieved over two 12-month periods pre- & postintroduction of “Reporting Suicide & Mental Illness”. Identifying & descriptive information were extracted for each item. Quality ratings were made for a stratified random sample of items. There was almost a two-fold increase in reporting of suicide during the study period. The nature of reporting showed variability with an increased emphasis on items about individuals’ experiences & a reduced emphasis on policy & program initiatives. There was significant improvement on almost all individual dimensions of quality & overall quality. (13 refs.)