LONDON, ON, June 26, 2013 /CNW/ - Work has begun on a comprehensive,
Canadian guide to mental health reporting to be launched next year,
compiled by journalists for journalists.
The bilingual project, headed by the Canadian Journalism Forum on
Violence and Trauma in partnership with CBC News, will include a
printed guide, a special website and a series of webinars.
"There's growing recognition that it's time to bring mental health
issues out into the open and to examine how society and the media may
be combining to reinforce the stigma that condemns hundreds of
thousands of Canadians to suffer unnecessarily," said Forum president
"There's been some excellent, groundbreaking work on this in the media
across the country in the last few years. But there are also cases
where coverage, in the context of breaking news, reinforces damaging
myths. Often this happens when general news reporters have to cover
dramatic incidents involving mental health issues without warning. We
want to help them - and others just entering the business - avoid
pitfalls, add vital perspective and reduce collateral damage."
The project will be called Mindset - Reporting on Mental Health/En-tête - reportage et santé
mentale. The printed guide will contain focused facts and advice, with
elaboration and discussion in greater depth on the website. After
launch, expected in March 2014, a series of webinars will be held to
extend participation and discussion across Canada.
"Mindset/En-tête has the potential to be an important resource for
working journalists in every newsroom across the country," said
Jennifer McGuire, General Manager and Editor-in-Chief of CBC News. "The
challenges we face covering mental health issues require a
sophisticated and nuanced approach. The team at the Canadian Journalism
Forum on Violence and Trauma is well-equipped to take on this project,
and CBC News is delighted to lend its support."
The Canadian Journalism Forum on Violence and Trauma counts senior
journalists, journalism educators and mental health professionals among
its membership and board of directors. The educational charity is
devoted to the physical and emotional wellbeing of journalists as well
as the impact of coverage on the public at large.
Mindset/En-tête is made possible, in part, as a result of funding from
the Mental Health Commission of Canada, provided to MHCC by a grant
from Health Canada. Editorial control of content rests with the Forum.
"A well informed and resourced media has the power to shift the way
people view mental health," said Louise Bradley, President and CEO of
the Mental Health Commission of Canada. "The fact that journalists
themselves have undertaken the creation of this guide speaks to their
commitment to truth telling and to being agents of change."
For more information about the Canadian Journalism Forum on Violence and
Trauma, go to http://journalismforum.fims.uwo.ca.
SOURCE: Canadian Journalism Forum on Violence and Trauma
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