The National Communications Charter (The Charter) is a resource and uniting document for people in the mental health and suicide prevention sectors, government, business and community groups.
The Charter is designed to guide the way we talk about mental health, social and emotional wellbeing, mental ill-health and suicide prevention, with each other and the community. The Charter serves as a formal commitment to working together and developing better structures and processes for collaboration.
This Charter was originally developed in 2014 by organisations who communicate regularly with the community, and with the support of the National Mental Health Commission.
It was redeveloped and operationalised in 2017-2018, under the guidance of a Champions representing the mental health and suicide prevention sectors, industry Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, LGBTI people, people with lived experience of suicide, people with lived experience of mental illness and people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.