Entry on Mental Illness Added to AP Stylebook

Mar 7, 2013


For years, NAMI has worked to have the news media abandon inaccurate, careless, or stigmatizing language or practices in reporting on mental illness.

Finally, the Associated Press has included rules on mental illness in the new edition of the AP Stylebook, the bible used  throughout the industry.

In other words, the mental health community has won a huge victory—a seismic shift in the terrain of popular culture. If necessary, mental health advocates, looking forward, can cite the AP Stylebook as an authority in getting wayward editors and reporters to change their way in how they report about mental illness.

Founded in 1846, AP is a global news network whose reporting is seen or heard by more than half the world’s population.

The new rules include:


Please send a message of thanks to AP at [email protected]. Please share the new rules with editors and reporters in your community. Please also review the rules carefully and apply them in anything you write!

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