Media and Technology

Careless media reporting and unmonitored online spaces can perpetuate mental health stigma and discrimination, with adverse effects on people’s wellbeing. 

There has been a surge in both positive and negative media coverage of and discussion about mental health, a trend that shows no signs of abating. And the consequences of harmful internet use are increasingly well-documented.

Media and technology companies have a responsibility to foster positive online environments that promote mental health and wellbeing. 

We played a pivotal role in the launch of the Lancet Commission on Ending Stigma and Discrimination in Mental Health as we engaged journalists through media roundtables to report more responsibly about mental health; and disseminated a media manifesto aimed at showing journalists how to meaningfully influence public attitude towards people with mental health conditions 

We are committed to supporting the WHO and collaborating with other global organisations and national partners to:

  • Ensure globally recognised mental health reporting standards – including the WHO media resource on reporting on suicide prevention – are successfully implemented. 
  • Advocate for responsible and balanced media reporting on mental health.
  • Call on social media and technology companies to commit to safer mental health platforms and responsible information sharing. This will include supporting the work of the Lancet Commission on Problematic Internet Usage.