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:
The guidelines were created in collaboration with media and mental health consumer representatives, and informed by evidence-based practice.
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