I am very proud to be supporting the Mental Health Media Charter.
This movement supports something I am passionate about and I truly believe it is the next step forward in reducing the stigma attached to mental illness.
“In endorsing the Mental Health Media Charter you are signalling that you are committed to reporting stories relating to mental health responsibly, helpfully and in a way that takes into account the needs of the most vulnerable members of the population. You are acknowledging the power of language and imagery in shaping social attitudes and declaring your intention to genuinely educate and to reduces stigma around mental illness.”
I have always been true to myself by not sharing any triggering photos in press and on my social media of my own family and in press stories, I hope that by sharing and spreading awareness of the focus of this movement, this will be something we see widespread across all platforms in the future. Hopefully, in turn, reducing sensationalised stories whilst reducing stigma, creating more of an understanding about all mental illness and last of all spreading the word that there is always HOPE.