Friday, 29 December 2017

'Happy Pills' and the Daily Mail


The first picture is the cover of today's Daily Mail.

The second picture is from the National Union of Journalists guidelines on Responsible Reporting on Mental Health, Mental Illness & Death by Suicide" (my underlining). It's on the second page, in big print, so not hard to miss!

The Mail is in clear breach of these guidelines. Shame on them - no one requiring antidepressants would ever describe them as 'happy pills'. A wholly inaccurate portrayal of mental illness.

If you want to make a complaint about this, contact the NUJ ethics hotline: 0845 450 0864 or email: ethics@nuj.org.uk

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