Dec 18, 2017

How ‘macho’ newsroom culture breeds mental health issues

Is there something particular about the media industry that makes people more susceptible for mental health problems, and is it worse than others at dealing with mental health issues?

Emily Watkins — Media reporter

Emily Watkins

Media reporter

Former journalist and PR executive Asher Moses is currently fighting a Fair Work court case after, he says, he was sacked and frozen out of a business he helped start after taking time off for "mental wellbeing".

Moses, formerly a successful and award-winning technology journalist for The Sydney Morning Herald, joined the M+C Partners PR firm in 2014, where he worked until, he says in court papers, he was sacked in June this year while still dealing with diagnosed mental health conditions stemming from his father's death. He says he was shut out of business decisions and was not allowed to be involved in the same high-level planning and decision-making he had been prior to his leave.

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2 thoughts on “How ‘macho’ newsroom culture breeds mental health issues

  1. Daniel

    A bit confused this. What is it about macho culture specifically? Does it cause mental illness or just exacerbate it? Is it a mental illness itself? What sort of macho culture are we talking about here: wearing spurs and a cowboy hat into the office, what? You really should have asked someone who knows something about human psychology, not a pinhead at the Black Dog Institute. They just want everyone on antidepressants, because drug companies fund the place. They say the same rubbish in every work place now: the need to promote “positive mental health in terms of prevention, early intervention and enhancing personal resilience.” It’s all tosh. It means nothing and it doesn’t work. People who are attracted to high pressure jobs, where the product is all that matters, where personal feelings are devalued, are running away from something, themselves. They are accidents waiting to happen. You need to look a little deeper.

    1. lykurgus

      You wouldn’t by any chance be running a company that’s getting sued for this, would you?
      The army was way ahead of journalism on mental health issues, even in my day. So it can’t be about the pressure, or who it attracts.

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