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Mental health & suicide guidelines

30 March 2015

The NUJ has guidelines on responsible reporting on mental health, mental illness and death by suicide.

The guidelines were prepared by the National Union of Journalists in Scotland with significant input from Dr Sallyanne Duncan, senior lecturer in journalism at the University of Strathclyde, whose research interests include media reporting of trauma, death, bereavement, mental health and suicide, and has a number of published works in that field. The Scottish government also supported the guidelines with funding and with input from a range of stakeholders which included Choose Life, See Me and the Samaritans.

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Download the NUJ guidelines.

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The TUC has published its second edition of Mental Health and the Workplace. Frances O'Grady, TUC general secretary, said:

" Unions have a long history of campaigning for change in the workplace and beyond, not only on employment rights or safety issues but also on the way people are viewed in the workplace and in society. There is much stigma and discrimination around mental health and particularly mental ill health. These are issues of justice, equality and fairness – core trade union business. With the impact of austerity contributing to everincreasing levels of workplace stress, there has been an increase in the prevalence of mental ill health. In response, unions have often taken the lead both in securing the best outcomes for individual members with mental health issues, and in working with employers to develop ‘mentally healthy’ workplaces. Mental health and the workplace is an increasingly important issue for trade unions. This second edition of Mental Health and the Workplace has been updated to keep pace with the changing world of work. The workbook is for all workplace reps and helps to explain what they can do to support those in the workplace with mental health problems."

Login to TUC Education to have access to The Mental Health in the Workplace eNote which:

  • describes common mental health illnesses 
  • helps reps recognise when colleagues may have mental health issues 
  • summarises the law and mental health in the workplace
  • supports reps representing members with mental health problems

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Other TUC resources on mental health in the workplace:

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