ATODA emphasises the importance of using non-stigmatising and non-discriminatory language when communicating matters about alcohol, tobacco and other drugs. ATODA recommends the following resources to communicate safely, respectfully and responsibility, about alcohol and other drugs:
Language Matters Resource
The Network of Alcohol and other Drugs Agencies (NADA) and NSW Users and AIDS Association (NUAA) developed the Language Matters Resource for the ATOD sector. To view the full resource, click here.
Mindframe Guidelines Resources
Mindframe supports safe media reporting, portrayal and communication about suicide, mental ill-health, alcohol and other drugs. Mindframe has developed guidelines to inform media and other stakeholders on reporting of issues related to alcohol and drug use:
- Mindframe Guidelines for communicating about alcohol and other drugs: https://mindframe.org.au/alcohol-other-drugs/communicating-about-alcohol-other-drugs/mindframe-guidelines
- Mindframe guidelines for image use in communicating about mental ill-health, suicide and alcohol and other drugs: https://mindframe.org.au/images-matter-mindframe-guidelines-for-image-use
- Adding help-seeking information: https://mindframe.org.au/alcohol-other-drugs/communicating-about-alcohol-other-drugs/adding-help-seeking-information
Safe Space Resource
Harm Reduction WA developed this Safe Space poster as a resource to promote non-judgmental and respectful language and communication relating to alcohol and drug use. To download the poster click here.