PTSD and moral injury
I want to help create a climate in which reporters, photographers, camera operators,
Our work can be stressful: Snapping economic indicators, juggling several stories at once, persuading a source to talk. It can be traumatic: photographing the victims of the Philippine president’s war on drugs, covering the battle for Mosul or editing pictures and footage that contain distressing images.
I want the story of my struggle with PTSD to show there is an alternative to suffering in silence. I ended up in a psychiatric ward last August for five weeks. Thanks to
CiC global counseling service
Reuters has a long-standing relationship with CiC, our global
My goal is to work with CiC on mental health literacy programmes for editorial managers as well as strategies to promote resiliency among our staff. I want to help people who are well, stay well. I want to make stress reduction activities such as meditation and yoga the norm at Reuters. Indeed, a mindfulness project will be rolled out in Washington, DC in the next month or so. Under this pilot, Reuters will offer mindfulness sessions to all staff. After Washington, mindfulness courses will be offered in London and Singapore.
Help is available
There is also the Reuters peer network, which allows our journalists to get help from experienced and respected colleagues. Using CiC or the peer network is not a sign of weakness or failure. It shows you
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Since May 2017, Dean has been the Head of Journalist Mental Health and Wellbeing Strategy at Reuters, a newly created position for the international news service's 2,600 staff around the world. Prior to that, Dean was a journalist, bureau chief and editor for Reuters for 25 years. He reported extensively on war, conflict and natural disasters in Southeast Asia and the Middle East. Dean wants to use his unique job at Reuters, the world’s largest
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