Practical tools & training on promoting our mental health

Feeling burned out and broken?

HEADLINES NETWORK has launched a new set of resources for journalists in partnership with Mind, a leading mental health charity.

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The mental health project, supported by Google News Initiative, aims to provide practical advice for journalists and media professionals to manage their mental health and to support colleagues.

"They describe this as an unprecedented step towards offering cross-industry support when many in the news media are experiencing significant pressures on their wellbeing," say Headlines Network’s Hannah Storm and John Crowley:"Working with Mind, sharing our expertise and theirs, means we can create resources that will support our colleagues and help them feel less isolated."

There are two written guides and animated videos in which journalist colleagues - including Natasha Hirst, NUJ vice president and freelance photographer - share perspectives, tips, and insights on how we can challenge stereotypes about journalism and work collectively as an industry to make a change:

This is the first industry-wide initiative to deliver wellbeing resources and training specifically to journalists that Mind has collaborated on.

"Mind is delighted to be working with the Headlines Network to help improve awareness and tackle mental health stigma in the media industry," said Emma Mamo, Head of Workplace Wellbeing at Mind.

"There are many factors that can contribute to poor mental health among journalists, including long and anti-social working hours, tight deadlines, excessive workload and exposure to traumatic events. The tough culture that often pervades this sector means poor mental health has often been viewed as a weakness. As a result, despite the high prevalence of mental health problems among journalists, many are worried about asking for their support. We’re determined to help change that.

"Together, we have developed new resources to encourage open conversations and create a more supportive culture around mental health in journalism."

Headlines and Mind launched the first two guides at the International Journalism Festival in Perugia this month (you can watch the session on catch-up here). More help on specific issues around journalists’ wellbeing is coming soon!

Storm and Crowley said: "We feel these resources will encourage our industry to take the steps it needs to address what we see as a real priority. If journalists are able to feel better...they can do their work better."

If you have any tips or experiences you’d like to share or if you want to get involved, please contact Headlines Network.

Also check out Behind the Headlines, the network's new podcast series in which colleagues share experiences of the stories and journalism which have impacted them and how they manage their mental health. The latest episode features Clive Myrie, a long-time BBC correspondent and news anchor who recently reported from Ukraine.

You can download the wellbeing guides and find out more at: www.headlines-network.com and at www.mind.org.uk/workplace/journalism-sector-guides

The Google News Initiative says it "works side-by-side with publishers and journalists to build a more sustainable, diverse, and innovative news ecosystem".