Support and Advice for Journalists

Mental illness will affect one in four of us in any given year meaning that it's a really common problem.

Yet some of the news coverage around people with mental health problems can be negative, inaccurate or stereotypical.

When done well, news stories can be a tremendous tool in raising awareness, challenging attitudes and helping to dispel myths.

It can give people with experience of mental health problems a platform and can offer insight for the public into health problems they may have known little about.

However sensationalist journalism and overplaying a risk of violence, promotes fear and mistrust and widens the gap of understanding about mental health issues. 

Why not read our media guidelines or watch some well known faces from from print and broadcast guide you through how they cover a mental health news stories. 

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