Newsroom Mental Health Resource Guide

Caring for your team: Newsroom mental health strategies

Repeated exposure to difficult stories can take a toll on journalists’ mental health, and newsrooms are all under additional strain from ongoing coronavirus impacts. What do journalists, especially news managers, need to know to support mental health in the newsroom? New York City journalist-turned-therapist Melissa Stanger shares why journalists are at risk for stress and trauma, signs to look out for and strategies for coping.

Stress from trauma affects reporters tooStress from tragedy affects reporters too

How repeated exposure to traumatic events affects newsroom staff, what newsroom managers need to know to start a conversation and where to turn for help.


Covering Disaster and Trauma

Room to improve post-disaster plansRoom to improve newsroom post-disaster plans

A study of Missouri journalists who covered the 2011 Joplin tornado reveals shortcomings in news organizations' mental health preparation and responses and offers suggesttions for improving your newsroom's resources.


Well-beingHow to add well-being to a newsroom natural disaster plan

5 strategies for ensuring your own well-being is part of your disaster coverage plan.


Disaster coverageHow to plan for and persist through disaster coverage

5 ways newsroom managers can prepare their news teams for disaster coverage, based on a study of journalists covering Hurricane Harvey in 2017.


Balancing reportingHow to balance being both reporters and victims in disaster coverage

5 ways newsroom managers can assist their teams through disaster when team members are affected, based on a study of journalists covering Hurricane Harvey in 2017.


Trauma researchAre you ready for trauma in your newsroom? New research may help

A study in which newsroom managers with experience managing traumatic events, including the Oklahoma City bombing, lays out the signs and symptems of trauma and recommendations for newsrooms.

Dart Center resources for covering disaster

The Dart Center for Journalism & Trauma, a project of the Columbia Journalism School, offers resources like tip sheets and research on managing disaster coverage and mental health effects.

Managing Daily Stress

Manager traumaNews managers are truamatized too

A study of news managers shows that journalists in the field are not the only newsroom employees who experience symptoms of secondary traumatic stress, PTSD and depression and suggests steps for managers and news organizations to take overall to create a culture of support.

BurnoutBurnout: Why it's worse in newsrooms and what to do about it

Why newsrooms are uniquely prone to create the conditions for burnout, why traditional advice doesn't help and some strategies that can. 


Beating burnout in a distanced world

Burnout can be worse with remote work. Explore the symptoms of burnout, what  journalists need to stay mentally healthy and pragmatic ideas from news leaders .


How to turn off when the news never stops

Strategies for taking mental breaks in a nonstop profession


Newsroom depressionNewsroom depression: One news director's story

A news director shares his personal struggle with depression and how he is "proof that you do have hope."

warning signsNewsroom depression: Warning signs and strategies

7 risk factors and warning signs of depression news managers need to watch for in their teams and 3 key strategies to manage newsroom depression.

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PTSD in the Newsroom: Acknowledgment, Prevention and Hope

What an occupational health and safety advisor says turned a newsroom's mental health responses around and created a more caring culture.

awarenessBringing awareness to newsroom stress

What a longtime journalist and a longtime psychotherapist say are the two most important keys to managing and healing from newsroom stress and trauma.


More mental health resources:  
Mental Health and COVID-19 - a resource guide from the Carter Center

Beck's Depression Inventory - a self-rated scale evaluating key symptoms of depression

Newsroom Stress tipsheet from Al and Rev. Sidney Tompkins / Poynter

Covering Mental and Behavioral Health
Entertainment & Media Depiction Suggestions for Portraying Behavioral Health Conditions

The Carter Center Journalism Resource Guide on Behavioral Health

TEAM Up style guide and reporter's toolkit

Dart Center resources on PTSD and mental health
RTDNA Mental Health Resource Center