Promoting Higher Standards of Media Reporting of Mental Health, Suicide and the Bereaved through Improved Professional Guidelines.

Impact: Impact - for External PortalProfessional practice, training and standards, Policy and legislation


Dr Sallyanne Duncan’s research on journalists’ reporting of the bereaved during 2010-12 prompted the National Union of Journalists (Scotland) to commission her to revise and enhance their existing media guidelines on the reporting of mental health and suicide, between June 2012 and March 2013. This was the catalyst for an event that Dr Duncan organised at the University of Strathclyde on May 2, 2013 titled ‘Reporting Mental Health and Suicide by the Media’. Impact can be traced in two distinct areas: improved NUJ guidelines, incorporating academic research relating to mental health, suicide and bereavement; and, sharing knowledge and best practice by bringing together mental health and suicide groups, journalists and the NUJ at the ‘Engage with Strathclyde’ event.
Impact statusOpen
Category of impactProfessional practice, training and standards, Policy and legislation
Impact levelAdoption


  • mental health
  • journalism
  • bereavement
  • reporting guidelines
  • suicide
  • REF2014 impact case study