Date(s) - 10/10/2013
Asian College of Journalism
SCARF in colloboration with Asian College of Journalism organized a panel discussion on “ Mental Health Reporting : Bane or Boon” on the 10th of October, 2013 at the College premises, emphasizing the importance of mental health on the World Mental Health Day. The distinguished panelists, widely known in their respective field were Ms. Ramya Kannan, Senior Assistant Editor , The HINDU referred to a lot of guidelines in reporting on mental helath issues. Ms. Ramya concluded her speech by asking the reporters to be patient, moral and ethical.Ms. Kavitha Muralidharan, The HINDU Tamil spoke on reportage on the abuse of women and how women are criticized, stereotyped and exploited in the print media. Ms. Priyamvatha Special correspondent, Headlines Today referred to the sensitivities of Mental Health Reporting. The Do’s and Don’t’s of telecasting were put up plain and simple to the audience. Ms. Priyanvatha said “Biggest problem with English channels is that they have an elitist attitude” and concluded her speech by asking the next generation journalists to be more self – regulative and sensitive in reporting the mental health issues. Mr. Baradwaj Rangan a film critic, described the cinematic depiction of mental health and quoted examples from various movies. Mr. Baradwaj said “Movies have done a very good job of highlighting the mental disorders prevalent in society” and concluded his speech by saying that cinema has done justice in portrayal of mental health. Dr. Mangala, Psychiatrist, SCARF concluded with thought provoking questions. “Will the box office suffer because of the real representation of mental health issues?” asked Dr. Mangala as she pointed about the myths about mental health and the responsibilities of an individual in identifying mental illness. At the dais were also present, Dr. Thara, Director, SCARF and Dr. Jaya Shreedhar , Adjunct Faculty, ACJ who welcomed the gathering. The entire workshop was highly interactive with many enthusiastic students participating from various colleges in the city.