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Journalists experience trauma beyond the frontlines of war. There’s the COVID-19 pandemic, terrorism, natural disasters, shootings, and other traumatic events, not to mention being in the direct line of fire at protests, for example. Journalists have an increased risk of developing PTSD, when there is an avoidant coping style, a personal history of trauma, high intensity and frequency of exposure to stressors. Additionally, Pew Research shows that 77% of newsroom employees are white, which means journalists of color are fatigued by code switching.
Supportive news editors can take preventative measures, like identify signs of mental health challenges, like substance use, missed deadlines, conflicts with colleagues, and trouble sleeping. Editors can also refer colleagues to mental health resources and counseling.
Strategies for Building Resilience:
Tips for Editors/Managers:
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Matt Kudish is the Chief Executive Officer of the National Alliance on Mental Illness of New York City. NAMI-NYC is one of the largest NAMI affiliates and helps families and individuals affected by mental illness build better lives through education, support, and advocacy. Under Matt’s leadership NAMI-NYC has doubled its budget, staff, and impact, touching the lives of thousands of individuals each year through its free programs and services.
Named to City & State’s “Health Power” list for five consecutive years, Matt is a respected industry voice on issues surrounding mental health, mental illness, caregiving, peer-based support, and accessibility. Notable media coverage includes The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Thrive Global, CNN, ABC News, WABC-7, WNBC-4, NY-1, and more. Matt was also recognized as a Crain’s Notable LGBTQ Leader for advancing LGBTQ equality within the workplace and across New York City.
Matt received his Master’s in Social Work from Columbia University and his Master’s in Public Administration from New York University. He has taught at Columbia University’s School of Social Work and guest lectured at NYU’s Silver School of Social Work.
Lynnette Verges, LCSW-R is our Chief Operating Officer. Lynnette has over twenty years of leadership and direct practice experience in social services. As a clinician, Lynnette has worked with immigrant, homeless, and underserved communities, including individuals with severe mental illness, HIV+, and those who are medically fragile. Lynnette received her Master of Social Work from Hunter College and Bachelor of Science in Social Work from Niagara University.
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Kimberly Blair, MPH is our Director of Public Policy and Advocacy, who recruits, trains and leads a group of over 180 Ambassadors in grassroots advocacy efforts. She currently serves as a Steering Committee Member of Correct Crisis Intervention Today-NYC (CCIT-NYC), a coalition of over 80 organizations calling for a peer-led, non-police response to NYC’s 200,000+ mental health crisis calls each year and is on the Legislative Committee of the Treatment Not Jails campaign. Kimberly holds her Master’s in Public Health specializing in Health Policy and Maternal Health from the Boston University School of Public Health and her Bachelor’s Degree in Women’s and Gender Studies from Georgetown University. She identifies as both a mental health peer and supportive family member and is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese.
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