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Journalism sector guides

We often hear from those in the news industry about how their work affects their mental health and wellbeing. High workloads, short deadlines, high pressure working environments, difficulty achieving a work/life balance, lack of sleep and job insecurity can all take their toll. This coupled with the potential for working on upsetting or traumatic news stories on a regular basis.

A survey by the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism found that around 11% of journalists reporting on the coronavirus pandemic showed symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Working together with the Headlines Network, we have created three new guides for the journalism sector. These provide useful information on how those working in the news industry can manage their own mental health and wellbeing at work. They also have information on how to support the wellbeing of their newsroom colleagues.

Voices from the industry

In these short videos, produced by the Headlines Network, people working across the industry share their personal views and experiences. They offer tips on how to take care of your mental health and practice self-care.

Supporting our colleagues

Vicarious trauma: Part 1

Managing our mental health

Vicarious trauma: Part 2

Managing our mental health

This guide provides practical advice on how journalists and media professionals can practice self-care in the newsroom. It includes activities such as relaxation exercises and physical activity. 

Managing our mental health guide

Supporting our colleagues

This guide for those working in a newsroom has guidance on how to spot the signs of poor mental health in a colleague. It gives advice on how to approach a conversation, as well as what to say and what not to say.

Supporting our colleagues guide

Vicarious trauma

This guide looks at what vicarious trauma is and why it might impact journalists. It offers practical suggestions to individuals and newsroom leaders on how they might prepare and limit exposure to disturbing material, in addition to signposting information.

Guide to vicarious trauma

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