Today saw the launch of the National Communications Charter for the suicide prevention sector, an initiative that aims to help organisations working in this space make a formal commitment to the way we communicate about suicide and mental health.
We saw the pens being put to paper by Minister Hunt and a number of our sector colleagues in a symbolic pledge to work together to safely communicate and seek out opportunities to collaborate when it comes to mental health and suicide prevention.
On the Charter launch, Everymind Director, Jaelea Skehan said, “What we say and how we say it matters. Signing The Charter is a way to demonstrate our commitment to working together to promote wellbeing, healing and recovery.”
Find out more about the Charter on the Life in Mind website.
I am very pleased to report that we are already seeing the Charter Principles working in practice through Love Your Body Week collaboration. It has been so motivating to see mental health colleagues standing together with business, community, media and social media organisations to highlight the need to change the conversation and take national action.
This week colleagues supported us to launch of the first national ‘Insights In Body Esteem’ Report produced by the Butterfly Research Institute with support from corporate partner Sportsgirl. As a result of this report, Instagram today launched the #ownyourfeed campaign to educate individuals on tools to communicate safely online.
The key findings set out in the Insights In Body Esteem report are very concerning and set the foundation for much needed change in Australia.
Shifting national conversation about body image is a huge undertaking that requires investment in stigma reduction and health promotion but, if we acknowledge the complexity of the problem and each play our part as individuals, it is more than achievable.
What we have heard loud and clear from our research is that words matter. How we speak about ourselves and others matters.
As part of Love Your Body Week I have repeatedly said that changing the conversation is not just about being kinder to ourselves and others. There are serious health ramifications if we do not challenge fundamental belief structures that are translating into nationwide body shape and size stigma.
Much like the ongoing purpose of the Charter, as individuals and organisations, we must look beneath the surface at how we can role model best practice in communication. Putting pen to paper means we are committing to a shared understanding in how we work together and talk about suicide prevention and mental health.
We may have to have some difficult conversations but today’s Charter and the collaborative efforts we have seen in support of Love Your Body Week show that we are up for the challenge!
Thank you to Minister Hunt, our sector colleagues, government, business and community for joining us to change this conversation as part of Love Your Body Week.
Find out more about Love Your Body Week at www.thebutterflyfoundation.org.au/love-your-body-week
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HELP AND SUPPORT
If you, or anyone you know is experiencing an eating disorder or body image concerns, you can call the Butterfly Foundation National Helpline on 1800 33 4673 (ED HOPE) or email email@example.com or jump on our website to chat www.thebutterflyfoundation.org.au
The holiday period can be a tough time if you’re experiencing an eating disorder. Post-Christmas and New Years can be even more challenging. As you move past this holiday season, your inner critic may be louder than usual and expectations at an all-time high.
'My name is Giulia, I am 20 years old and have one year left of my Early Childhood Education and Care degree. I have suffered with anorexia nervosa for about five or six years. After listening to an episode of The Recovery Warrior Show podcast, and knowing firsthand how difficult it can be to communicate about an eating disorder with loved ones, I was inspired to create this list of ten things that I wish my family and friends understood about my eating disorder.'
The holiday season can be a time of love, and togetherness, but it can also be pretty stressful if you have an eating disorder. It can also be an opportunity to take the focus off your illness and enjoy yourself. To get through the holiday period, it’s useful to put in place some self-care strategies. Here’s some tips our Helpline counsellors have suggested: