Sports Journalism Event

BBC/ Time to Change Sports Panel Discussion Short film

Our most recent event was for sports journalists and producers, to discuss the best ways of covering mental health problems in the world of sport.

The event was held in Salford, on Thursday 27th November, in association with BBC Sport.International cricketer Mike Yardy was on the panel - chaired by BBC presenter Eleanor Oldroyd - to ask whether 'work-related stress' in professional sport is different from any other industry, and how the news can reflect that. They were joined by Sky News sports editor Nick Powell, the PFA’s head of player welfare Michael Bennett and Telegraph columnist Jim White.

Also up for discussion was whether players are becoming more prone to mental health problems or just more open, and what else is behind mental health becoming such a hot topic in sport – fear of injury, jam-packed schedules, media scrutiny? 

Other issues the panel addressed included:

  • How the media reports high-profile suicides
  • The language that commentators use
  • How sportspeople act as role models, and help with tackling stigma
  • The impact of retirement on sportspeople’s mental health

You can see a short film about the event above. There is also a full version of the event here. 

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