Mental Health for Journalists

Mental Health for Journalists

Editor’s note: Besides the resources listed here, you also can find mental health and reporting safety resources here: Covering Protests and Pandemic Reporting Safety. This page features resources for journalists with mental health needs and also links for covering mental health.

The Dart Center Style Guide for Trauma-Informed Journalism
The style guide is designed as a quick, authoritative reference for reporters, editors and producers working on tight deadlines. It includes brief evidence-informed guidance on news choices, language usage and ethics in reporting on the impact of trauma on individuals, families and communities; recommendations for appropriate use of relevant psychological and scientific terminology; and special considerations when reporting on consequential trauma-laden issues such as racism and sexual violence.

Dart Center: Resources for Covering Disasters
Includes materials on mental health and trauma.

Dart: Journalism Trauma Support Network
The program’s mission is to establish an international community of qualified therapists trained to care for trauma-impacted journalists. It provides therapists with cultural competence and data security training, peer support and referral pathways.

Dart Center: PTSD and Mental Health

Dart Center: Self-Care Tips for Journalists

Dart Center: Reporting on Sexual Violence in Conflict
An excellent resource from Dart Center Europe.

Dart Center: Guide for Editors Working with Freelancers Exposed to Trauma

Dart Center: Choosing a Psychotherapist
Tips from a therapist on how journalists can pick one best for them.

Dart Center: How Can Indigenous Reporters Care for Themselves While Covering Trauma
And how newsrooms can help.

Dart Center: Chair Yoga for Journalists
Watch this YouTube video on ways to relieve stress and stretch … without leaving your desk.

The Journalist’s Resource: Self-Care Tips for Journalists

The Journalist’s Resource: How Journalists’ Jobs Impact Their Mental Health
An excellent research roundup.

Journalist’s Resource: Studies on Kids Dealing with Mental Health Issues During COVID-19

RTDNA: Newsroom Mental Health Resource Guide

RTDNA: Newsroom Depression: Warning Signs and Strategies

IJNet: Mental Health and Journalism Toolkit

IJNet: Mental Health Tips for Journalists

IJNET: Tips for coping after reporting distressing and traumatic stories

Journalists Covering Trauma Facebook Group

GIJN: Resources for Journalists Coping with Trauma
List compiled from 2021 IRE Conference.

GIJN: How COVID-19 Compounded Journalism’s Mental Health Crisis

Poynter: Self-Care for Journalists

IRE: A Conversation on Mental Health (2021)
A handout full of great advice from a 2021 IRE conference panel

USC Center for Health Journalism: It’s Time Journalists Take Their Own Mental Health Seriously

American Psychological Association: Journalists as Precarious First Responders

Association of Health Care Journalists: Mental Health

Journalists Are Under Stress: What is the Solution?
Research and resources from Harvard’s Journalists Resource.

National Mass Violence and Victimization Resource Center

Study Hall: The COVID Reporters Are Not OK. Extremely Not OK

Nieman Lab: Journalists Are Suffering Mental Health Consequences from Covering COVID-19

Nieman Reports: How Journalists Are Managing Their Mental Health

Nieman Storyboard: Five Tips for Journalists Covering Mental Health

International Journal of Social Psychiatry: Mental Illness Among Journalists

Reuters Institute: It’s Time for Newsrooms to Tackle Taboos About Mental Health

The Carter Center: Journalism Resource Guide on Behavioral Health

Under Pressure: Coping With Stress and Knowing You’re Not Alone
Tipsheet from Ken Armstrong of ProPublica

Media Guide-o-Matic
A WordPress free plugin has been launched to help reduce stigma surrounding mental illness. Canadian journalist Karissa Gall teamed up with the Canadian Journalism Forum on Violence and Trauma to launch the free “Media Guide-o-Matic” plugin on the widely-used WordPress platform. Similar to how spell-checking tools automatically check for spelling mistakes, Media Guide-o-Matic automatically checks draft WordPress posts for words and phrases that have been identified as contributors to stigma in the third edition of Mindset: Reporting on Mental Health. The plugin saves time for journalists who publish their work on the widely-used WordPress platform, and helps them improve their reporting.

CJR: Journalists Need More Help Than Ever Coping With Work Trauma

CJR: Journalists Need More Help Than Ever Coping With Work Trauma

Resources galore for dealing with online harassment. Built by journalists for journalists.

Covering Mass Tragedies
A guide from the Journalists Covering Trauma Facebook Group.

Journalism’s Mental Health Dilemma

Vice: When Being a Journalist is Terrible for Your Mental Health

WNYC Podcast: Journalists Are Burning Out

Vice: The Reporters Who Survived the Capital Riot Are Still Struggling

AAPI Journalists’ Financial Assistance for Mental Wellness
Fill out this form to ask for help.

International Women’s Media Foundation: Black Journalists Therapy Relief Fund

The Coalition for Women in Journalism
CFWIJ is a New York based, global support organization for women journalists, and documents press freedom for women in 92 countries. Resources include a list of women journalists covering different beats and a COVID-19 map. The Trial calendar that shows when women journalists are facing legal trials after state harassment. Misinformation campaigns and trolls against women journalists is also one of the critical areas CFWIJ covers and offers support in.

How Covering Violent Crimes Impacts Journalists’ Mental Health

J-Source: When the News Breaks the Journalist

Stanford: Media & Mental Health Initiative

Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press Resources Archive

Rural Journalists Deal with Mental Health Toll of COVID-19

Harvard Business Review: Beyond Burned Out
Story on people burning out during the pandemic. Subscriber-only article.

ICFJ: How Disinformation and Hate Fuel Online Attacks Against Women Journalists

Online Therapy Platforms for Veterans