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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