Media guidance

Guidance for those working in the media on reporting mental health – also useful for anyone else writing, talking or thinking about mental health!

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Overview:

Below are links to guidance and information on:

  1. Language and terminology
  2. Image choice
  3. Reporting suicide
  4. Reporting violence and dangerousness
  5. Media advisory service from Time to Change

    Time to Change logo

Quick links:

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1. LANGUAGE & TERMINOLOGY

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  • Shift media handbook:
    • Overview (introduction – p.5)Shift media handbook
    • The section on language and terminology (p.21)
    • Here are some excerpts:

“Don’t use terms like ‘psycho’, ‘schizo’ and ‘nutter’ about someone with a mental health problem – they can create ‘a climate of public fear and rejection'”

“Defining people as ‘a schizophrenic’ or ‘a depressive’ can cause offence.”

“‘A person with’ is preferable to ‘a person suffering from'”

“Avoid using the term ‘the mentally-ill’ – use ‘mental health patients’ or ‘people with mental health problems’”.

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2. IMAGE CHOICE

Time to Change on choosing images for mental health stories

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3. REPORTING SUICIDE

  • Euregenas (European Regions Enforcing Action Against Suicide) guidelines on reporting suicideEuregenas logo

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  • The Shift Media Handbook on reporting suicide and the do’s and don’ts of reporting suicide (p.18)

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4. MENTAL ILLNESS, VIOLENCE & DANGEROUSNESS

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  • Shift Media Handbook on:
    • reporting mental health and violence (p.13)
    • the do’s and don’ts of covering violence (p.14)
    • violence and mental illness – the facts (p.15)

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5. MEDIA ADVISORY SERVICE

Time to Change has a media advisory service – “Are you a journalist who wants to know the difference between schizophrenia and a personality disorder?  Are you planning to write a drama script about mental health but don’t know how to make it realistic? Do you work in a breaking news environment and come out in a cold sweat when a story featuring someone with a mental health problem flashes across the wires? If so, we are here to help.”

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