MEDIA INVITE: Suicide and Mental Health in the Media

Members of the Somerset media are invited to a FREE workshop and discussion about suicide and mental health in the media.

With expert speakers, the event will enable journalists to reflect and build on their existing skills and be better equipped to cover suicide and mental health stories in an accurate, safe and, ultimately, more powerful and effective way.

This is a unique opportunity to hear from leading figures and take part in a lively discussion.

When:     Friday 15 September 2017

Time:     11am – 1pm (10.30 refreshments served)

Where:    Taunton Conference Centre, Somerset College, Wellington Rd, Taunton TA1 5AX

Costs:     FREE EVENT

Speakers: Lorna Fraser, Samaritans Media Adviser and Sue Baker OBE – Director, Time To Change.  Time to Change is led by the mental health charities Mind and Rethink Mental Illness, and funded by the Department of Health and Comic Relief.

Sue Baker received her OBE in the New Year’s Honour list. Based in London, Sue is originally from Taunton and is looking forward to coming back and talking about her media work.

  • In Somerset, around fifty people die each year from suicide – that is almost one a week. Mental illness will affect one in four of us in any one year. These issues are part of our society and topics that every journalist will cover. It is well recognised that reporting on such topics comes with many challenges and risks, but also rewards through suicide prevention. Learn during the session about how positive reporting can lead to suicide prevention and encourage people to seek further information and advice.

This event will be chaired by Ben McGrail, ITV News West Country Somerset Correspondent and Mind Media Award Winner 2015.

It is aimed at those who cover suicide and mental health issues across all media, from factual reporting to features and digital content. It will provide you with the chance to:

  • Hear from leading experts in the field on the issues surrounding responsible reporting on suicide and mental health
  • Learn about the rewards of positive reporting and the media’s role in suicide prevention
  • Hear about support and resources available to help you with these challenging topics
  • Meet mental health professionals and pick up on local contacts and story opportunities
  • Raise questions and discuss with experts the regular challenges you face when covering the topics of suicide and mental health locally.

This event is being organised by The Somerset Suicide Prevention Steering Group, led by Public Health, Somerset County Council.

To register for this event please click HERE

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