Mental preparedness and health for journalists

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Journalists are first-hand witnesses violate situations, which later stick on their mind for a very long time. However, there is not sufficient support mechanism in the newsroom in regard to mental health challenges and disorders.

As journalists, the mind usually speaks but sometimes we are too busy to listen. The growing trend of senior journalists retiring from the newsroom over mental health issues should be a concern to all to take caution.

Journalist need to take note of the following to avoid associated risks.  Negotiate with their editors about how much violence they can take in at a particular period of time.

  • Speak to a therapist every time they start developing disorders.
  • Pay attention to the body and mind and spirit to work
  • Remember you’re not immune to the emotional impact
  • Know your signs
  • Flatten your stress curve by taking downtime
  • Create a self-care plan with assertive boundaries