Headlines Network exists to create connections and drive conversations towards improving mental health in the media and communications industries. The past 18 months have been difficult for many people working in the news media sector. Many of the challenges that impacted the mental health of journalists in the months and years before the global pandemic have been exacerbated by Covid. The levels of anxiety are unprecedented and yet barriers still exist which prevent many in our profession from speaking openly about their experiences. We want to work with you to create environments where everyone feels safe to acknowledge, support and achieve optimal mental health at work.
As journalists, we know newsrooms. As mental health thought leaders, we also know how those environments are often ill-suited to supporting journalists’ wellbeing. By combining our experience in the media and mental health spaces, we offer unique training to help you and your colleagues better recognise the language of mental health, spot stress before it stalls you, and thrive. Our pilot project is supported by the Google News Initiative and launches in late 2021. It will include interactive workshops for UK journalists across the industry - from entry level to senior management.
We understand the value of effective communication and the value of that to role modelling and leadership. We have significant experience in facilitating conversations at an industry level and with individual newsrooms, helping create space so people feel heard and able to share their own experiences. As neutral experts, we have helped bridge the conversations between management and journalists. We have also got extensive experience in advising leaders on how to model the kind of behaviour that helps ensure cultures of compassion, inclusion and empathy.
Hannah is the founder of Headlines. A media expert, trainer and thought leader, with global connections, she brings vision, values and empathy and an expertise in journalism safety, mental health, gender and media ethics.
She is the former director of the International News Safety Institute and the Ethical Journalism Network, a sought-after speaker, facilitator, trainer and writer. Hannah co-authored the first study into moral injury and the media for the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism with Professor Anthony Feinstein and has written extensively at the intersection of gender, mental health, physical and online safety. She brings deep-rooted research, practical experience and personal understanding to convene conversations at an industry level to explore challenges and create collaborative solutions to bring change to journalism communities and practice. She is also a qualified Mental Health First Aider with MHFA England .
John is an editor, trainer and consultant with 20 years of journalistic experience managing newsrooms and budgets across a variety of titles. After taking on digital and leadership roles for The Daily Telegraph, The Wall Street Journal, Newsweek and The Irish Post, he now writes across subjects including technology, business, newsroom management and sustainability. John, who is regularly asked to speak on the subject of wellbeing in newsrooms, is a trained mental health first aider with MHFA England In November 2020, he co-published a report into wellbeing entitled ‘Journalism in the Time of Covid’.
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We know that it can feel really isolating when you're struggling with your mental health. In an industry that prides itself on not showing vulnerability, that isolation is often felt even more so. If you feel we can help you and your newsrooms or communities, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note we are not mental health clinicians or therapists, so for specialist clinical support, you should seek advice from medical professionals.