The GermanWings Crash & Stigmatising Headlines

I think, by this point, we are all aware of the plane crash that killed 150 people that is speculated to have been deliberate by a suicidal pilot. Whilst, not wanting to deny the serious reality of illnesses that make you suicidal and/or psychotic and therefore pose huge risk the reporting on the even has been terrible. Headlines such as ‘depressed killer crashes plane killing 150.’ It is stigmatising and against the media guidelines of all established mental health charities. This is not a desire for censorship but a desire for factual reporting. I think it is safe to say, there is a concerningly long way to go and this incident has made that very clear. He is a brilliant response article printed by the Guardian.


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