Media watch

Media watch

It’s great to encourage positive coverage about mental health. You can use the congratulations template below to support an author, reporter or publisher for a news item or story.

If you come across media coverage you think is unhelpful or inaccurate, you can use the alternative template to contact the author.

Letting the media know when they have done a good job is validation that everyone should be treated with respect.

  • Congratulations letter template

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    Dear [name]

    I was [reading/watching/listening to] your [state the article or show] that was featured in/on [name of publication] on [add date].

    I was very impressed with the way you reported what can often be a difficult subject to talk about. [Explain why the media item impressed you].

    Coverage like this helps to inform and educate the public in a useful way about mental illness and distress. This helps to reduce the discrimination often faced by people with experience of mental illness and distress, something the Like Minds, Like Mine programme has been working to reduce for more than 10 years.

    Mental illness and distress is often reported in a sensationalist way, and uses language and a tone that can cause offence and upset to those with experience of mental illness or distress.

    I will recommend your [article/show] to the Like Minds, Like Mine Media-Watch project as a positive example of mental health coverage.

    Thank you once again for producing an informative and constructive piece about mental illness and distress.

    Yours sincerely

    [sign]

    [your name]

  • Constructive complaint letter template

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    Name of recipient
    Job title
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    Dear [name]

    I was [reading/watching/listening to] your [state the article/show] that was featured in/on [name of publication] on [date].

    I was concerned by the way mental illness and distress was represented due to [explain what disappointed or concerned you and why this is of concern].

    More than 47% of New Zealanders are likely to experience a mental illness at some point in their lives, so it is vital we talk about this topic in an informative and constructive way.

    Discrimination is the biggest barrier to recovery for people with experience of mental illness and distress. Coverage such as this only adds to the misconceptions and consequent discrimination towards those living with mental illness and distress.

    I look forward to your response.

    Yours sincerely

    [sign]

    [your name]