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 Mental Health in Southwestern Pennsylvania


Educating individuals about their mental health stems from the creation of an environment where people are encouraged to come forward and discuss these issues. In your stories about mental health, consider how the following tips can help your audiences to feel more comfortable discussing this topic and seeking help when needed:

  • It is important to differentiate between the meaning of mental health, or emotional well-being, and mental illness, a condition causing impairment of normal cognitive functioning.
  • Make an effort to focus on discussions of recovery, management of an illness or prevention. The media can be helpful in depicting the struggle, issues and support that people need and providing local resource information.
  • Human Resource personnel are reporting that the number of insurance claims for stress-related problems has increased because people don't want to talk about depression, suicide or bipolar disorder; but they are all in the spectrum of mental health. Consider portraying the impact of mental health within the workplace and the importance of seeking help when needed.
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A Highlight from Last Year's Media & Mental Health Awards 

The Impact of Mental Illness in Pittsburgh and the Hope of Recovery, Michelle Wright, Mike Lazorko, Tim Lohle, and Terry Connell,
Television News Series Winner for accurate reporting on behavioral health issues

The in depth series gives a face to mental health in Pittsburgh. Over five nights, this series showed local perspectives, available treatments and the impact of mental health on family systems.  

The  2012
Media & Mental Health Awards

The 2
nd Annual
Media & Mental Health Awards ceremony will be held in early November 2012.

Stay tuned for more information on submitting your stories!

 Portions of this newsletter adapted from
Picture This: Mental Health
in Pittsburgh

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