Role of journalists in mental health education

World Mental Health Day is celebrated in Nairobi on October 10, 2019. Journalists have invested their own time and resources to learn about the complex world of mental health. PHOTO | FILE | NATION MEDIA GROUP

What you need to know:

  • The Kenya Psychiatric Association and the national government have as their key objectives the organisation of media workshops to find ways of helping our colleagues in the media.
  • Journalists must also exercise caution in using photographs or video footage of a suicide, and take particular care in reporting celebrity suicides which will usually attract excessive attention.

For the past few years, the media has played an important role in reporting on mental health and ensuring that it is close to the top of our country’s health agenda.

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