Media and Mental Health, Taking a Break from News is Not an Option
Working in media is not easy as you cover stories that can trigger you. Media professionals share their stories of media and mental health. Read here.
Media and Mental Health: Media is an industry that is one of the most fast-paced, most immediate and most effort demanding. You need to chase your story before anyone else does. You need to break a story before anyone else does. You need to tell the world what's happening out there. You need to see what's happening from your own eyes, unfiltered, be it a crisis, trauma, death or war. In many ways, you become a part of the crisis without being the real victim of it. And despite that, you have to report it because there sits an audience who will know what's happening when you will tell them about the same.
"There's a lot of scope of individual burnout…as media professionals, you are always hyperactive, always thinking where can a story come from. Especially in times of Human tragedy, when one needs to sort of take a step back and reassess and recoup, your work just becomes more exacerbated."
Nishtha, while talking about her personal experience of working at a media organisation at the core of which lies Intersectional feminism, said that a lot of things that they talk about are "very hard to detach yourself from". It's absolutely not like treating it as just a job and yeah cool, I am done with the work. "It's not like you are writing a report on something that is horrifying and disturbing and I will come back home and forget about it." you can't do that.
"We keep preaching to go on social media detox to keep your mental health in check! One can find a plethora of videos and articles on the same on the internet. Some are written by journalists even. But as media professionals, it's hard to take a break from social media. You can't really afford it."