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MediaCityUK event to look at how sports journalism covers mental health


The difficult question of how sports journalism should cover mental health issues is the subject of an event to be held at MediaCityUK on November 27.

Tackling Mental Health in Sports Media has been organised by Time to Change, the anti-stigma campaign run by mental health charities Mind and Rethink Mental Illness, in association with BBC Sport.

Michael Yardy will be on the panel Michael Yardy will be on the panel

Aimed at sports journalists and producers, it will look at how a sportsperson’s mental health problem should be reported, whether players are becoming more prone or open to problems, and the reasons why that may be the case.

To discuss the issues, BBC Radio 5 live presenter Eleanor Oldroyd will chair a panel including Michael Yardy, the England and Sussex cricketer who has experienced depression, Sky News sports editor Nick Powell, the PFA’s head of player welfare Michael Bennett and Telegraph columnist Jim White.

The event takes place on Thursday 27 November at 12-1.30pm, at Quay House. To attend, register here.

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