There is no question that covering traumatic events can cause PTSD in journalists. The research is proven. For two years, I researched the impacts of covering traumatic events on journalists which resulted in a 300+ page report. More than 60% of journalists remained anonymous. This video was presented to my committee along with my defense. It gives you an idea of what was uncovered throughout my research and why talking about the importance of mental health for journalists is crucial for the future of the industry.
I would love to continue to update this with resources for you all. Please feel free to share any information, links, videos, etc. you have with me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
FOR EMERGENCIES: If you are feeling suicidal or otherwise in need of immediate help, call 1-800-985-5990 or text “TalkWithUs” to 66746 to reach the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Disaster Distress Helpline. Trained crisis workers will listen to you and direct you to the resources you need. You can also get immediate help by calling 911, going to the nearest emergency room, or calling a 24-hour crisis center at 1-800-273-8255. (via Journalist Trauma Support Network)
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800-273-8255
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Produced by Sarah French; Edited by Ken Shermer