Media guidelines

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Media guidelines: Portrayal of people living with mental illness and mental health issues in Aotearoa.

These guidelines will equip journalists with the confidence and understanding to report on mental illness and mental health issues safely, accurately and respectfully.

Journalists hold great power and can influence public opinion about people with mental illness in positive and negative ways. People’s attitudes can reinforce stigma and lead to discrimination, which is a barrier to recovery and being able to live a full life.

Click here to read more about media and the Mental Health Foundation.