Three finalists have been selected for each of the 2018 Mindset and En-Tête awards for workplace mental health reporting. They were chosen from 23 entries by journalists and media organizations across Canada. Full detailsMedia release on CNW.

A study published in BMC Public Health (September 2018) reviewing Canadian newspaper coverage of the controversial Netflix series 13 Reasons Why shows major English-language Canadian newspapers generally adhered to core best-practices promoted by Mindset, as far as they apply to a fictional story, and says coverage "sensitively discussed suicide from various angles, prompting productive discussion and dialogue about youth suicide. 

Read more in the Covering Suicide section. 

Edmonton freelance writer O
mar Mouallem 
was the winner of the 2017 Mindset Award for Workplace Mental Health Reporting / le prix En-Tête pour le reportage sur la santé mentale en milieu de travail for his Buzz-Feed News feature “Oil, Heartbreak, and Manhood: Behind the Mental Health Crisis of Albert’s Oil Workers”. He received the award from Forum President Cliff Lonsdale at the annual CAJ Awards gala in Toronto, Saturday May 5th. 

CBC’s Ioanna Roumeliotis received an honourable mention prize for her feature on The National, The Hidden Toll of Duty, which explored the mental health problems of people chosen to serve as jurors on grizzly and distressing trials. Other members of the production team cited were Corinne Seminioff (producer), Brenda Witmer (editor) and Jean-François Bisson (camera).


We are pleased to introduce the second edition of Mindset – including an important new chapter: MENTAL ILLNESS AMONG INDIGENOUS PEOPLES OF CANADA.

PDF downloads are now available from links in the left side column. You can download the complete guide or just the new chapter.

The additional chapter has been in preparation for a year. Our research process began with a town hall meeting in Edmonton in May, 2016. Video coverage of topics from that discussion and further backup material are available on our Indigenous Peoples page.

Welcome to Mindset: Reporting on Mental Health. This website is part of a project created by Canadian journalists for journalists. 

Start by reading our concise field guide, available in print or by downloading a copy by clicking on the link in the left sidebar. The website is intended to expand on what you will find there and to encourage discussion.

Mindset is all about doing better journalism. Stories that are more factual, more complete and don't contribute to stigma. We celebrate journalism that challenges wrong and outdated assumptions about mental illness, provides factual information, and probes unfairness and systemic flaws: The kind of work we think you probably came into journalism intending to do.  

It's time to stop shying away from mental health issues. They are a far-reaching and growing fact of Canadian life. Click below to hear Linden MacIntyre's introduction to the website - and his rallying cry:

Although journalists are still criticized for their 'sensationalist' approach to stories involving mental illness - especially the rare ones that also involve violence - there has been a growing amount of excellent Canadian journalism in this area in recent years, across all media. 

Ill-informed stories that play on warped perceptions are still to be found. But there's no doubt that in mental health coverage, the tide has already begun to turn in favour of more accurate, insightful and probing stories that do our
profession proud. The journalists responsible are following a long tradition that has brought many other abuses and taboos out of the shadows. Click on the icon for a video montage featuring 
André Picard of The Globe & Mail, Karen Pauls of CBC News, and Michael Kirby of Partners for Mental Health.


"Mindset is an important new guide to improving reporting and writing about mental health. It should be within easy reach in all newsrooms." --- Toronto Star

"A new standard set for reporting on mental health." --- Globe and Mail

"Every journalist can benefit from the site’s excellent content.  When it comes
 to reporting on mental illness and suicide, Mindset offers some important
 food for thought.“ --- Brunswick News

Mindset, and its French counterpart En-Tête, are funded in part by the Mental Health Commission of Canada, using a grant from Health Canada, and supported by CBC News. The Canadian Journalism Forum on Violence and Trauma is solely responsible for the guides’ content.