The culture of silence around online violence and mental health has made it difficult for journalists to get long-term practical help. This guide was created with the needs of journalists in mind by mental health professionals specialized in working in trauma and the media. The guide:
- Helps journalists understand the psychological reasons why abusers attack online and how to take steps to better protect their mental health;
- Provides a mental health self-evaluation chart so journalists can assess how online violence is affecting their well-being;
- Provides easy-to-implement, downloadable exercises to help manage the mental health toll of online abuse;
- Suggests resources and organisations that can support journalists with issues related to online violence.
Authors: Ana Maria Zellhuber Pérez & Juan Carlos Segarra Pérez