Mental Health Foundation media guidelines: Portrayal of people living with mental illness and mental health issues in Aotearoa.
Journalists hold great power and can influence public opinion about people with mental illness in positive and negative ways. People’s attitudes can reinforce stigma and lead to discrimination, which is a barrier to recovery and being able to live a full life.
When handled well, reporting can:
When handled poorly, reporting can:
“Tell the whole, accurate, safe and empowering story of what mental health and wellbeing is about. Cover stories about mental health issues thoughtfully, with compassion and hope. It will help you, me and millions of other New Zealanders.” – Mental Health Foundation chief executive, Shaun Robinson.