Need for more awareness on mental health in media

Mental health awareness needs to reach out to a huge part of the society, said former Madras high court judge Prabha Sridevan at the annual SCARF Media for Mental Health Awards held in Chennai recently.

The event started by SCARF (Schizophrenia Research Foundation) honours articles written on the subject of mental health.

Sridevan highlighted the fact that a lot of the newspaper readers opt to read news in regional languages like Tamil and there seems to be less information given about mental health issues.

She pointed out that even terms like 'depression' and 'privacy' don't have a close enough meaning in languages like Tamil and writers use general words which don't convey the importance or sensitivity of the issues discussed.

The event gave awards to seven journalists from the country for their stories on mental health this year.

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