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The Speakers Bureau: a voice in the media

Ben Furner (Mental Health Media)

A Life in the Day

ISSN: 1366-6282

Article publication date: 1 August 2008



The Shift Speakers Bureau is a volunteer databank of around 40 people with mental health conditions or carers who can provide interviews and talk to the media about issues related to living with mental distress. The Bureau aims to increase understanding around mental health and to reduce stigma and discrimination. Training is provided to all speakers as well as preparation for the fact that the media may not take a positive slant. Speakers have built up their own links with local media and, for some, the Bureau has become an important part of their well‐being strategy.



Furner, B. (2008), "The Speakers Bureau: a voice in the media", A Life in the Day, Vol. 12 No. 3, pp. 15-17.



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