This is the second episode in our series about journalism and mental health. In this episode, we interview Dean Yates, a longtime journalist whose struggle with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) led him to become an advocate for journalists’ mental health.
For more than 20 years, Dean worked in the Middle East and southeast Asia as a journalist and bureau chief for Reuters. He covered war and tragedy on numerous occasions, and since then, he has been outspoken about the way his experience impacted his mental health.
We discuss PTSD, mental illness, burnout, distressing imagery and vicarious trauma and the role of newsroom leadership in caring for the mental health of their journalists.