Mental Health Media Charter

Jake Basford

Poor or ill mental health issues are statistically higher in LGBTQ+ people, and the current conversations about mental, as opposed to physical, health have been surrounding how to talk about mental health positively and acknowledging the issues without causing further damage.

To this end, Natasha Devon MBE has teamed up with charities Young Minds, Samaritans, CALM, The Mix, The Self-Harm Network, Beat, and Mind to invite publications, blogs and social media pundits to join a pledge of talking about mental health in a more positive fashion, called the ‘Mental Health Media Charter’.

You can find more information on the specifics of what the charter involves in Natasha’s Times Educational Supplement article, but we are pleased to say that Vada Magazine will be taking it up. We’ve aimed for positive language since our inception, but this charter allows us to codify that in an accessible and accountable fashion.

The stamp was designed by Ruby Elliot, aka @Rubyetc, and is available for use by anyone who signs up for the charter. You can find more information on Twitter at @MHMediaCharter.

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About Jake Basford

Essex-boy living in Cardiff, Jake is a writer, PR/Media officer, and Social Media consultant. Obsessed with video games, American culture and Buffy. Can usually be found at his laptop working.