Press Complaints Commission resolves complaint against Jeremy Clarkson comment

The Press Complaints Commission (PCC) has resolved the complaint that Time to Change partner charities Mind and Rethink Mental Illness, along with the Samaritans, Sane and PAPYRUS Prevention of Young Suicide, lodged against The Sun about a Jeremy Clarkson column about rail suicide.

Following proceedings The Sun has now wrote to the PCC to confirm that it accepted that parts of the column had overstepped the mark and apologised for the offence caused.

The Sun has also agreed to support the Time to Change programme and to offer training to its staff on mental health reporting.

Sue Baker, Director of Time to Change, said: “The way that mental health is portrayed in the media can be exceptionally powerful in educating and influencing the public. When done insensitively it can encourage stigmatising attitudes towards people with experience of mental illness. Although we have worked with The Sun on numerous features over the years and believe their coverage of mental health issues has much improved, we will still challenge any comment that we consider to reinforce stigma about mental illness.

“We are pleased to see that the complaint has now been resolved and we look forward to working with The Sun on how to report on mental health problems. Their pledge of support is a great start and we look forward to delivering a training event for their staff.”

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For more information please contact Hayley Richardson, Senior Media Officer on 0208 215 2358 or email h.richardson@time-to-change.org.uk. Follow Hayley on Google+

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