Have your say on 'news' content

by Liz Lockhart

A great big hello to all our readers.

As news editor it is my responsibility to keep in touch with our readers and to provide the content that you want to see, I take this very seriously and want to know what you think.

This week I noticed a conversation, which was taking place on twitter, where one reader was being slightly critical of the content of our news pages.  The comments were slightly off as they said that we report on studies carried out on fruit flies - something never covered by us I hasten to add - and it also mentioned trivialisation of celebrity.  Again this is an oppinion which I would query as we take the reporting of any individual very seriously.  I think that the overall opinion was that we cover too much research into mental health and too much celebrity - this got me thinking!

Research is vital if we want to improve the understanding and treatment of mental illness, in my opinion, and we know from our figures that when we do occasionally write about celebrity it is very popular.

It is very important to us that we bring you news on all subjects which are of interest to you and this is what we strive to do, however, the best judges of how we are doing are our readers.  So I ask you to let me know what you would like to see in our 'news' reports.  What subjects would you like to see more of and which ones would you prefer to see less of?  Between us I know we can hit the right balance so feel free to comment below and I'll do my best to bring you all you want to read about.



Well I for one think its great, I like a bit of lighter stuff interspersed with the depressing, the heavy and the clinical... We may have mental illness but were still interested in news and celebrity. I personally like your real life stuff best. Keep it up :-)
Regarding the question of a link between mental health and celebrity/success, I would suggest the ratio is probably about 1 in 4 throughout their lifetime, although there is probably a downward adjustment needed to account for the correlation between social deprivation and mental health, so it may well be less than 1 in 4. It is entirely possible that in the future we will all be mad for 15 minutes - and then recover ;-) As for a causal link between MH and celebrity/success, it would be difficult to prove, and the results of any study may be skewed by the nepotistic nature of celebrity which may throw up some genetic predisposition one way or the other. As always with celebrity though - the system perpetuates itself, and do we really care? Mike in Surrey

Ahh - thank you - that's made my day. We all have different favourites but a balance of both educational and light reading must be good. So glad that you agree.

I totally agree, its a great idea and it will work. Just because we suffer mental health issues or are interested in mental health does not mean we do not like a laugh or do not wish to talk about wider ranging issues.
keep up the good work Liz. I shall look forward to seeing how it all goes.

Hi Paul,
Thanks for taking the time to leave comment and for your encouraging words. It feels good to actually interact with readers and to know what you want.

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I love your mix of news, even the crowns stuff you do really sensirively, if I see celebs with problems it makes me confident to see people I look up to have similar issues to me, o kinda don't feel so odd if these 'normal' people have them too
heloo my dear friend
every one who does not see oneself as one really is, is 'mental' with respect to the one who sees.
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