Journalists want more mental health support. Stations need to start to take this need more seriously. But this is a huge issue, and hard to know where to start.

Some ideas:

Set up one on one meetings with your staff and make them routine.

Managers meet with their direct reports weekly. Higher-up managers meet with the staff monthly and other managers weekly. Same time and scheduled in advance. Nonnegotiable. Many other industries do these check-ins. Why? You must ensure that the person has what they need to work effectively and with support. Your staff handles more traumatic experiences than most other industries. This regular check-in is crucial.

Bring in a specialist to coach managers on telltale signs of trauma.

Get the information. Then use it to watch out for the staff and provide the support needed.

Monitor what stories your journalists cover to make sure they get some variety.

Just because you have a veteran journalist of 20 years on staff does not mean that person always covers the doom and gloom stories. Alternatively, check in if your new eager staff member is covering a traumatic event. Do they need to talk about what they witnessed and heard?

Look for ways to break up journalists’ routines.

Environments are toxic when unrelenting, intense deadline pressure, and no downtime. Sound familiar? Providing some relief can prevent burnout. Easing stress helps the journalist handle traumatic events better because there is time to recover.

Producers and assignment editors can be traumatized by coverage, also.

Field crews definitely need support, no doubt. Growing research shows that managers, producers, and assignment editors can also suffer trauma from daily coverage exposure. There are different types of trauma. Another key reason to bring in a trauma specialist to help raise awareness.