Journalists’ crisis of mental health

Journalists’ crisis of mental health

‘Clever, creative and consumed by their work.’ My summary of freelance journalists and why the mental health of media workers may be at risk. A survey by the National Union of Journalists shows that over 50% of freelance journalists have experienced depression and they hold the business of freelancing in a declining industry as largely responsible. I discuss some of the reasons why journalists are vulnerable to mental health problems in Rin Hamburgh‘s article for the Journalist magazine.

blackdogI know this firsthand having worked in the media for some of the biggest broadcasters in the UK. On the surface I had a glittering career winning awards for my work in TV and Radio but there was a shadow side and the pressures of being creative on a deadline and a culture of excessive working hours led to secret episodes of depression. I have a particular understanding of the stresses that journalists suffer and also know what wonderful creatives they are too. I count a number of media professionals amongst my coaching clients.

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