DoNOHarm Framework

For over 25 years MIEACT has addressed stigma with the power of personal story-telling about mental illness in the community.

In 2011, MIEACT took a closer look at the risks of personal story telling when re-telling episodes of trauma, suicide, self-harm, disorder eating. Through extensive research, consultation and review MIEACT was able to highlight the vulnerabilities and safety risks to both story-teller and listener that can have a negative impact and further reduce learning outcomes.

Informed by this work MIEACT developed the DoNOHarm Framework © 2011 a best practice approach to communication about mental illness.

This framework underpins how we talk about traumatic experiences, suicide, self-harm and disorder eating and guides the development and delivery of all our programs to be recovery orientated and promote help seeking.

Our leadership in developing a way of retaining and sharing our stories with ourselves and others, allows our community to reflect both professionally and personally. Training in our DoNOHarm framework is also available and can be customised to your organisation. Find out more HERE

We believe that better learning comes from sharing the lived experiences and personal stories guided by our DoNOHarm Framework to address stigma, discrimination and help others to understand mental illness.

Stages of DoNOHarm Framework:

  1. Context and purpose
  2. Recovery Emphasis
  3. Safe talking
  4. Limits to helping
  5. Respectful, inclusive language
  6. Self-care

“Some stories enhance life, others degrade it, so we must be very careful about the stories we tell,
about the ways we define ourselves and other people.”

Burton Blatt, “Like Minds, Like Mine”