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Reporting on Mental Health Conditions and Suicide

About This Course

This course bridges the gaps in many reporters' understanding of mental health conditions. It offers guidelines for interviewing survivors of suicide in a professional, compassionate manner and explains the roles played by video, audio and photographs in telling their stories.

What Will I Learn?

  • Role of the reporter covering mental health conditions
  • How to find people struggling with these conditions
  • Stories that you can cover in your community
  • Changes in language
  • Resources available for reporters

Who Should Take This Course?

Print, online and broadcast journalists (including reporters, producers, editors, copy editors, designers, photojournalists, bloggers and social media users) working on varied beats, journalism students, educators, veterans, mental health advocates and general public. This course will help everyone to gain a better understanding of mental health conditions, mental illness and covering suicide.

Course Instructors

Mark J. Miller

Mark J. Miller has written for American Journalism Review, Presstime, Crain's BtoB's Media Business, Folio: magazine and Digital Magazine News as well as Glamour, Details, The Washington Post, Salon.com, Sports Illustrated for Kids and Runner's World, among many others.

Melissa McCoy

Melissa McCoy is former deputy managing editor of the Los Angeles Times and trains journalists in reporting on mental health issues. She is also a consultant for TEAM Up (Tools for Entertainment and Media), a non-profit focused on media and mental health issues.

Sponsors

Robert R. McCormick Foundation

Robert R. McCormick Foundation

The Robert R. McCormick Foundation is a nonprofit organization committed to fostering communities of educated, informed and engaged citizens. Through philanthropic programs, Cantigny Park and museums, the foundation helps develop citizen leaders and works to make life better in our communities. The foundation was established as a charitable trust in 1955, upon the death of Col. Robert R. McCormick, the longtime editor and publisher of the Chicago Tribune. The foundation is one of the nation's largest foundations, with more than $1 billion in assets.

Education Development Center (EDC)

Education Development Center (EDC)

The Suicide Prevention Resources Center (SPRC) of the Education Development Center (EDC) is the nation’s only federally supported resource center devoted to advancing the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention. SPRC provides technical assistance, training, and materials to increase the knowledge and expertise of suicide prevention practitioners and other professionals serving people at risk for suicide.

National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention

National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention

The National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention is the public-private partnership advancing the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention. It envisions a nation free from the tragic experience of suicide. The mission of the alliance is to advance the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention (NSSP) by Championing suicide prevention as a national priority, catalyzing efforts to implement high priority objectives of the NSSP and cultivating the resources needed to sustain progress.

Training Partners

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) mission is to fulfill President Lincoln's promise: "To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan" by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's Veterans. VA's core values focus minds on their mission of caring and thereby guide our actions toward service to others. These values — Integrity, Commitment, Advocacy, Respect, and Excellence — define their culture and strengthen dedication to those they serve.

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) is the leader in the fight against suicide. We fund research, offer educational programs, advocate for public policy, and support those affected by suicide. Led by CEO Robert Gebbia and headquartered in New York, AFSP has 75 local chapters with programs and events nationwide. Review our Annual Report to learn more about AFSP’s life-saving work, and join the national conversation on suicide prevention by following AFSP on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.

Suicide Awareness Voices of Education (SAVE)

Suicide Awareness Voices of Education (SAVE)

Suicide Awareness Voices of Education (SAVE) was one of the nation's first organizations dedicated to the prevention of suicide and was a co-founding member of the National Council for Suicide Prevention. Our history and growth from an all-volunteer, small grassroots group of passionate survivors led us to what is one of today's leading national not-for-profit organizations with staff dedicated to prevent suicide.

Credits

Producer: Vidisha Priyanka
Graphic Design: Nuria Pena
Copy Editor: Pam Hogle
Video Editor: Jordan Kranse

  1. Course Number

    newsu_mentalhealth_suicide
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  3. Estimated Effort

    3 to 4 hours
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