Media coverage of mental health improving
Coverage of mental health and suicide in Irish print media is significantly improving, according to a new report.
Analysis of over 20,000 Irish print media articles found that the portrayal of suicide and mental health was 50% more positive than in 2011 than in 2010.
Coverage in the Irish Examiner, the Irish Daily Mail and the Irish Times were found to be the most committed and responsible in reporting on these important issues.
The amount of articles that address the issues of mental health and suicide increased by 10% in 2011.
Negative depictions of mental health and suicide have decreased by 24.38%. However more than have of the negative articles were reported by Irish daily tabloids.
These results are encouraging for the groups, journalists and broadcasters who have been working very hard to raise awareness around the issues surrounding mental health and suicide, according to Jane Arigho, Media Project Coordinator at Headline.
The analysis was conducted by Headline, the national media-monitoring programme for mental health and suicide and results are published in the Annual Report 2011.
To download Headline's Annual Report 2011 visit www.headline.ie
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[Posted: Tue 22/05/2012]