Resources are available for journalists who are feeling stressed, exhausted and burned-out
The OAB recently partnered with the Poynter Institute for a webinar for journalists focused on covering suicide. The session discussed why suicide is such an important issue today and how to cover suicide in ways that will help. Click here for a link to the webinar recording.
In addition to providing insights about covering suicide, the topic of self care for journalists was also discussed. Journalists are frequently called upon to cover complex and difficult topics. It can take a mental and physical toll.
The webinar presenters offered resources available for journalists who are feeling stressed, exhausted and burned-out to cope with the emotional demands of their stories, help identify potentially serious mental health issues within themselves and others and find professional support.
Resources for journalists:
- National Association of Broadcasters Resources for Journalists’ Mental Health
- Reuters Mental Health & Resilience Resource
- USC Annenberg Center for Health Journalism
- Harvard Kennedy School’s The Journalist’s Resource
- Carter Center Journalism Resource Guide on Behavioral Health
- Investigative Reporters & Editors Journal focused on journalist’ mental health (available for purchase)
Other help-seeking resources for someone is experiencing an emotional crisis or thoughts of suicide:
- For emotional support specifically related to COVID-19, call the Disaster Distress Helpline (800-985-5990), or text TalkWithUs to 66746.
- For those experiencing a suicidal crisis, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (800-273-8255), or text the Crisis Text Line (text HOME to 741741).
- For those who identify as part of the LGBTQ community, call the TrevorLifeline (866-488-7386) or text START to 678-678.