How does the industry help journalist when it comes to mental health?

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MENTAL health is a topic widely discussed amongst every one of all backgrounds and professions. Even the most confident and brave people suffer. Spotlight reporter Rebecca Edwards has decided to do an investigation on the topic of mental health within the media industry, by finding what support is being put into place and what needs to be done in the future.

Mental health can vary from one person to another, you can have good mental health, or you can suffer from severe anxiety Sometimes this might change depending on what profession you go into. But, what can the workplace offer employees help them when they are suffering from mental illness or pulling their hair out from stress.

Journalism is a career path which can be highly stressful. Eleanor Morgan, a freelance journalist who suffers from anxiety, said: “If you’re a freelance journalist you are working for yourself, having to rely on self-motivation.” She feels therefore that it is a particularly hard job for those with anxiety.

She said, “Sometimes being within a bigger structure can help because you’re answering to someone other than yourself. And I think people that are prone to anxiety are feeling out of control.”

Media companies also vary in the range of support they offer their employees. For example, ReachPLC employs mental health first aiders, who give employees someone to talk to about their mental health.

MENTAL HEALTH: Richard Duggan mental health first aider that works for ReachPLC

Richard Duggan who works for ReachPLC, said, “It came about because every workplace has someone who is trained in first aid and we are very quick to medicate and treat physical injury and physical needs. What we are now seeing is this much wider discussion on mental health and how important it is to talk about it.”

Looking at the journalism community, overall, there is some support and guidance for those who suffer from anxiety, depression and more. Yet there is still a long way to go and we can only look to the future and hope for more progression and better care and understanding.

If in crisis call The Samaritans on 116-123 or Healthy Minds on 0300-222-5943.




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