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Training for interviews with the media

  • John Illman (a1)
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Media training is designed to prepare people for print, radio and TV interviews. It is especially challenging to prepare psychiatrists for interviews with the media because reporting of issues related to mental health is often distorted and stigmatising. Although media coverage of women's rights, Black civil rights and disability has changed markedly, mental health coverage has yet to come in from the cold (Crisp et al, 2005; Nairn & Coverdale, 2005). Psychiatrists are better placed than anyone else to change the climate, but some fear being ineffectual or misrepresented. One even likened the challenge to climbing Everest (Harrison, 1998), a view highlighted by a national newspaper survey of 306 health-related articles in which psychiatry coverage was four times more likely to be negative than coverage of general clinical medicine (Lawrie, 2000).

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Crisp, A., Gelder, M. G., Goddart, E., et al (2005) Stigmatization of people with mental illness: a follow up study within the Changing Minds campaign of the Royal College of Psychiatrists. World Psychiatry, 4, 106113.
Friedli, L. (1997). Introduction to Making Headlines: Mental Health and the National Press. London: Health Education Authority.
Harrison, T. (1998) Climbing Mount Everest: tackling the media at regional level. Psychiatric Bulletin, 22, 111112.
Lawrie, S.M. (2000) Newspaper coverage of psychiatric and physical illness. Psychiatric Bulletin, 24, 104106.
Nairn, R. G. & Coverdale, J. H. (2005) People never see us living well: an appraisal of the personal stories about mental illness in a prospective print media sample. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 39, 281287.
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BJPsych Bulletin
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