Paul Holleran: The mental state of the media

NOWHERE in my job description as the Scottish Organiser of the National Union of Journalists does it state that I need qualifications in psychiatry or psychology.

It also doesn’t suggest that requisite skills should include proficiency in counselling to enable me to support members suffering severe mental anguish. However, the day-to-day reality for me is quite removed from the contractual position of the post and it may be time to rewrite the job spec.

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