A team of reporters from The Globe & Mail has won the inaugural Mindset Award for Workplace Mental Health Reporting for their series “The Unremembered" - which probed the deaths  of 31 Canadian veterans of the war in Afghanistan who killed themselves after returning home. The series, which is still being updated, raised questions as to whether the government and the military had done enough to help soldiers recover from their mental injuries. 

Renata D’Aliesio and Les Perreaux accepted the award at the CAJ Awards gala in Ottawa on Saturday, April 29th. 

Also named in the citation was Globe reporter Allan Maki, who was not able to attend. The award was offered by the Forum and sponsored by the Great-West Life Centre for Mental Health in the Workplace

An independent jury made two additional “High Commendation” awards. One went to Don Butler, recently retired from The Ottawa Citizen, for his series about the mental stress endured by workplace whistleblowers. He is seen here receiving his award from Forum president Cliff Lonsdale. 

The other High Commendation was awarded to 
David P. Ball, of Vancouver, for his two-month investigation for The Tyee of the struggle of BC first responders to get WorkSafeBC, the province’s workers’ compensation authority, to treat their mental health problems as presumptively work-related, unless proved otherwise.  

Full details on the winners and the finalists in @CNWGroup press release#MindsetAward #LePrixEnTete 


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.