Reporting on Mental Health

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Issues such as the accessibility of mental healthcare, the subjectivity of distress, its relationship with gender, sexuality and social prejudice, or capitalism all fall under the umbrella of critical thought and can add extensive meaning to the very idea behind journalism. Such integration has been explored in the West, and must be adopted in India too.

Prateek Sharma. Reporting on mental health: Eschewing sensationalism in favour of sensitive, critical method is vital. Firstpost.26.03.2019

The article Reporting on mental health: Eschewing sensationalism in favour of sensitive, critical method is vital by Prateek Sharma explores representations on mental illness in India media today. It also offers up ways in which this can be addressed so as to enable an ethical practice of reporting. This includes the guidelines laid down in The Mental Health Care Act 2017 about consent.

It is also important to add that the Mental Health Care Act 2017 also offers some protection with regard to images taken of people while accessing treatment at a mental healthcare facility. Images cannot be taken and circulated without consent.

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