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Winners of the 2020 Mindset Awards for Workplace Mental Health Reporting were announced on CAJ's virtual awards gala on May 29.  Details and a video featuring interviews with the winners about their stories are now on the Mindset Awards 2020 page.  Read our media release. 

Media Guide-o-Matic, a new plug-in developed by journalist Karissa Gall for WordPress, enables reporters to check words and phrases in their copy against Mindset's best practice recommendations before publishing or submitting work. Users retain the right to override suggested changes. The Forum contributed to development costs and endorses the plug-in. Free access here. See media release.

Third editions of the Mindset and En-Tête guides were published on November 30, 2020. They include a new chapter on covering mental health stories involving young people, an update to the chapter about addictions, and extensive further development of the suicide reporting chapter, among others smaller updates. The objective was to develop more nuanced recommendations appropriate to several categories of stories around suicide, ranging from incident reporting to investigative work.  Read our media release

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 We celebrate journalism that challenges wrong and outdated assumptions about mental illness, provides factual information, and probes unfairness and systemic flaws: The kind of work we think you probably came into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.