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IASP Task Force - Suicide and the Media

Media Guidelines

Task Force Members


Co-Chairs and Contact Details

The Task Force is co-chaired by Thomas Niederkrotenthaler from Austria, and Dan Reidenberg from the USA. Interested parties can contact Thomas or Dan directly:

Thomas Niederkrotenthaler

Associate Professor Thomas Niederkrotenthaler
Center for Public Health, Department of General Practice and Family Medicine
Medical University of Vienna
Kinderspitalgasse 15, 1090
Vienna
AUSTRIA

Ph: +43 1 40160 34611
Fax:+43 1 40160 9656
Email


Dan Reidenberg

Dr. Dan Reidenberg, MD
SAVE – Suicide Awareness Voices of Education
IASP – US Representative
8120 Penn Ave South, Suite 470
Bloomington, Minnesota
USA

Ph: +01-952-946-7998
Email

 


Members

Mr Karl Andriessen (Belgium)
Suicide Prevention Program
Flemish Mental Health Centres
Martelaarslaan 204b
9000 Gent
BELGIUM
Ph: +32 9 233 5099
Email: karl.andriessen@pandora.be

Jane Arigho
Media Project Coordinator
Headline
36 Blessington St
Dublin 7
Ireland
Office: 00353 1 8279022
Mobile: 00353 868525156
Fax: 00353 1 8279020
Email: jarigho@headline.ie

Loraine Barnaby (Jamaica)
University of the West Indies
c/- 16 Liguanea Terrace
Kingston
JAMAICA
Ph: 876 927 4217
Email: loraine.barnaby@yahoo.com

Associate Professor Annette Beautrais (New Zealand)
Canterbury Suicide Project
University of Otago
Christchurch
PO Box 4345
Christchurch 8001
NEW ZEALAND
Ph: +64 (03) 372 0408
Fax: +64 (03) 372 0407 Email: annette.beautrais@otago.ac.nz

Lanny Berman (United States)
American Association of Suicidology
5221 Wisconsin Avenue, NW
Washington DC
20015
UNITED STATES
Ph: 1 202 237 2280
Email: berman@suicidology.org

Professor R Warwick Blood (Australia)
School of Professional Communication
University of Canberra
ICI36
Australian Capital Territory 2601
AUSTRALIA
Ph: +61 2 2601 2587
Fax: +61 2 62 01 2630
Email: warwick.blood@canberra.edu.au

Thomas Bronisch (Germany)
Max-Planck-Institute of Psychiatry
Kraepelinstr. 2-10
Munich, 80804
GERMANY
Email: bronisch@mpipsykl.mpg.de

Silvia Canetto (United States)
Department of Psychology
Colorado State University
Fort Collins
CO 80523-1876
UNITED STATES
Ph: (970) 491-5415
Email: silvia.canetto@gmail.com
scanetto@lamar.colostate.edu

Dr Sunny Collings (New Zealand)
Social Psychiatry and Population Mental Health
Research Unit
University of Otago vPO Box 7343
Wellington South
NEW ZEALAND
Ph: +64 4 385 5541 ext 6040
Email: sunny.collings@otago.ac.nz

Dr John Connolly (Ireland)
The Irish Association of Suicidology
16 New Antrim Street
Castlebar, Co. Mayo
IRELAND
Ph: 353 94 9250858
Fax: 353 94 9250859
Email: drjfc@iol.ie

Dr Elmar Etzersdorfer (Germany)
Furtbachkrankenhaus, Klinik fr Psychiatrie und Psychotherapie
Furtbachstrasse 6
Stuttgart
GERMANY 70178
Ph: 49 711 64 65-126
Fax: 49 711 64 65-155 Email: etzersdorfer@t-online.de

Dr Sebastian Scherr (Germany)
LMU Munich
Department of Communication Studies and Media Research
Oettingenstr. 67
Munich, 80538
GERMANY
Ph: 49 89 2180 9453
Email: scherr@ifkw.lmu.de

Associate Professor Sandor Fekete (Hungary)
University of Pecs
Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy
7623 Pecs
Ret u 2
HUNGARY
Email: Sandor.fekete@aok.pte.hu

Dr KW Fu (Hong Kong)
Department of Journalism
The University of Hong Kong
Pokfulam
HONG KONG
Ph: 852 2241 5016
Fax: 2549 7161
Email: kwfu@hku.hk

Professor G Gururaj (India)
Professor and Head
Department of Epidemiology
WHO Collaborating Centre for Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion
National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences
Bangalore - 560 0 29
INDIA
Ph: +91 80 26995244/5245
Fax: +91 80 26564830/2121
Email: guru@nimhans.kar.nic.in

Professor Keith Hawton (United Kingdom)
Centre for Suicide Research
University Department of Psychiatry
University of Oxford
Warneford Hospital
Oxford OX3 7JX
UNITED KINGDOM
Ph: +44 (0)1865 226258
Fax: +44 (0)1865 226265
Email: Keith.hawton@psych.ox.ac.uk

Dr Henning Herrestad (Norway)
National Centre for Suicide Research and Prevention
Sognsvannsvn 21
Building 12
NO-0320
Oslo
NORWAY
Ph: +47 22 92 34 76
Fax: +47 22 92 39 58
Email: henning.herrestad@medisin.uio.no

Karolina Krysinska (Australia)
University of Queensland
Department of Psychiatry
Royal Brisbane Hospital
Herston
Queensland
AUSTRALIA
Email: k.krysinska@uq.edu.au

Ann Luce (United Kingdom)
Cardiff University
98 Cathedral Road
First Floor Flat
Cardiff
CF11 9LP
UNITED KINGDOM
Ph: 44 7503 002741
Email: LuceA@cardiff.ac.uk

Dr Konrad Michel (Switzerland)
Universit�re Psychiatrische Dienste (UPD)
Murtenstrasse 21
CH-3010 Bern
SWITZERLAND
Ph: +41 31 632 46 11
Fax: +41 31 632 46 04
Email: konrad.michel@spk.unibe.ch

Thomas Niederkrotenthaler (Austria)
Medical University Vienna
Center for Public Health
Institute for Medical Psychology
Severingasse 9
Vienna, A-1090
AUSTRIA
Ph: 43 14277 65626
Email: thomas.niederkrotenthaler@meduniwien.ac.at

Professor Armin Schmidtke (Germany)
Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy
University of W�rzburg
W�rzburg
GERMANY
Email: Clips-psychiatry@mail.uni-wuerzburg.de

Jenny Skinner (New Zealand)
Non Communicable Diseases Policy
Public Health Directorate
Ministry of Health
Wellington
NEW ZEALAND
Ph: 64 4 495 4396
Email: Jenny_Skinner@moh.govt.nz

Jaelea Skehan (Australia)
Program Manager
Hunter Institute of Mental Health
Hunter New England Area Health

Conjoint Clinical Teaching Fellow
School of Medicine and Public Health
University of Newcastle
PO Box 833 Newcastle NSW 2300
Ph: 02 49236790 Fax: 02 49236799
Mobile: 0402 292 005
Jaelea.Skehan@hnehealth.nsw.gov.au
www.himh.org.au

Professor Paul Yip (Hong Kong)
Centre for Suicide Research and Prevention
Faculty of Social Sciences
The University of Hong Kong
HONG KONG
Ph: 852 2241 5017
Fax: 852 2549 7161
Email: sfpyip@hku.hk

Chair and Contact Person

The Task Force is chaired by Jane Pirkis from Australia. Interested parties can contact Jane directly:

Associate Professor Jane Pirkis
Program Evaluation Unit
School of Population Health
The University of Melbourne
Victoria 3010
AUSTRALIA
Ph: +61 3 8344 0647
Fax: +61 3 9348 1174
Email: j.pirkis@unimelb.edu.au


Media Guidelines


Jane Pirkis (PhD) is Assistant Director and Principal Research Fellow in the University of Melbourne�s Program Evaluation Unit. She has a long-standing interest in suicide and the media, and has contributed significantly to knowledge in the area. Together with Warwick Blood, she was responsible for the internationally-recognised Media Monitoring Project which examined the extent, nature and quality of media reporting of suicide and mental illness in Australia for a full year. The findings informed the Australian Government�s Reporting Suicide and Mental Illness, which promotes responsible reporting of suicide and mental illness. Jane and Warwick are currently completing two projects that flowed from the Media Monitoring Project, one examining the association between media reporting of suicide and actual suicidal behaviour, and the other exploring different perspectives on media reporting of suicide and mental illness. They have also recently received funding for a follow-up to the original Media Monitoring Project (Media Monitoring Project 2), which will investigate whether media reporting has changed over time, and, if so, if this relates to Reporting Suicide and Mental Illness. Jane and Warwick have also been responsible for several critical reviews of studies in the area of suicide, mental illness and the media.

Jane also has an interest in the epidemiology of suicide, and has conducted a number of studies examining rates of and risk factors for suicide among the general population and among particular at-risk groups (e.g., people with mental illness). She has also conducted a body of work in the area of suicide prevention, including a study of help-seeking behaviour in young people in the United States, and comparative analyses of suicide prevention initiatives across countries (including developing countries). Jane was the lead author on a review of Australia�s National Youth Suicide Prevention Strategy, and is often invited to provide advice and consultancy to policy makers, research groups and service providers both within Australia and overseas.

Warwick Blood (PhD) is Professor of Communication at the University of Canberra, and Director of the News Research Group. His research interests lie in risk communication theory and practice, media representations and analyses, and public opinion research.

Along with Jane Pirkis, he was a chief investigator on the Media Monitoring Project, which looked at the nature of reportage on suicide and mental illness and how it is characteristically framed. He also took the lead on a follow-up project which focused specifically on media reporting of depression. He is currently collaborating with Jane Pirkis on two projects that were �spin-offs� from the Media Monitoring Project. The first is investigating the changing dynamics and interplay over contested information between journalists, medical, health professional and lay people about suicide and mental illness issues in Australian news. The second is examining the association between media reporting of suicide and actual suicidal behaviour, with a particular emphasis on the quality of reporting. Warwick is also working with Jane on a follow-up project, known as Media Monitoring Project 2. Warwick was also instrumental in two literature reviews concerning portrayal of suicide and mental illness in films and television dramas.

Warwick has also been involved in a project on reporting on drugs, and another investigating the role of media in shaping national identity and democratization in the �post-conflict� risk society of Kosovo. The theoretical approach is based in risk theory.

Warwick has taught at Charles Sturt University, where he was Foundation Head of the School of Communication, at Ohio State University�s School of Journalism, and in Macquarie University�s mass communication program. He serves on the Editorial Advisory Board for the Australian Journal of Communication and for the Australian Journal of Professional and Applied Ethics. He was Editor of the Australian Journalism Review from 1998 to 2000. He was elected President of the Australian and New Zealand Communication Association for 1995-96. Previously, Warwick was a reporter and producer for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and was the New York Correspondent in the 1970s.