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: Reporting on Sexual Violence in Conflict
An excellent resource from Dart Center Europe.
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: How Journalists’ Jobs Impact Their Mental Health
An excellent research roundup.
The Journalist’s Resource: Loneliness Among Older People: A Research Roundup
Harvard research site offers 5 tips for covering the topic
Online Course: Responsible Reporting on Suicide for Journalists
A free online course offered by Johns Hopkins University to teach reporters how to safely cover the topic of suicide. Over 100 studies have found that certain types of news stories on suicide can contribute to more suicide deaths, while others can encourage people to seek help. This course, which can be started and completed at any time, explains this research and gives journalist concrete tools to cover suicide, including simulated interviews with a parent who lost a child to suicide and assignments to pick B-roll for video stories on the subject.
GIJN: Resources for Journalists Coping with Trauma
List compiled from 2021 IRE Conference.
First Draft News: Journalism and Vicarious Trauma
A guide for journalists, editors and news organizations.
IRE 22 Tipsheet: Coping with Trauma Tipsheet
A regularly updated list of resources from Dr. Elana Newman at the Dart Center and Naseem Miller at The Journalist’s Resource.
IRE 22 Tipsheet: Coping with Trauma as a Journalist
Tips from Zack Newman, investigative data producer with 9NEWS (KUSA-TV)
IRE 21 Tipsheet: A Conversation on Mental Health
A handout full of great advice from a 2021 IRE conference panel
Journalists Are Under Stress: What is the Solution?
Research and resources from Harvard’s Journalists Resource.
Under Pressure: Coping With Stress – and Knowing You’re Not Alone
From Ken Armstrong at ProPublica.
Under Pressure: Coping With Stress and Knowing You’re Not Alone
Tipsheet from Ken Armstrong of ProPublica
Keep in Mind Seven Lessons in Mind When Interviewing Trauma Survivors
From USC’s Center for Health Journalism.
SAMHSA: Covering Trauma and Violence
Resources from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration.
Transom: Trauma-Informed Reporting
Excerpts from Alice Wilder’s Twitter thread about trauma-informed interviewing techniques.
RCFP: Police, Protesters and the Press
A guide from 2020 that offers some mental health/trauma resources.
International Association of Chiefs of Police: Tips for Interviewing Trauma Victims
Written from a cop’s point of view but has some great ideas on phrasing questions.
Trauma Stewardship Institute
Many tipsheets, a podcast and much more.
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.
Resources galore for dealing with online harassment. Built by journalists for journalists.
Covering Mass Tragedies
A guide from the Journalists Covering Trauma Facebook Group.
Carrying Trauma: Care for Journalists and Sources
Great tips from Trollbusters and the Dart Center.
AAPI Journalists’ Financial Assistance for Mental Wellness
Fill out this form to ask for help.
Product Hunt: Peer Collective
Connect with clinically vetted peer mental health professionals through Zoom or phone. Affordable, on-demand support.
Harvard Business Review: Beyond Burned Out
Story on people burning out during the pandemic. Subscriber-only article.