Regional sister titles will temporarily ban bad news from appearing on their social media channels in a bid to promote awareness of positive mental health.
A number of Newsquest titles, led by regional daily the Greenock Telegraph, will enforce the ban for 24 hours tomorrow – making their Facebook, Instagram and Twitter pages ‘good news-only’ zones.
The initiative forms part of Newsquest’s ‘Time to Talk’ campaign, which aims to highlight the importance of good mental health and encourages anyone struggling to seek help.
It comes after the Telegraph reporter Amy Shearer shone a light on the support offered on its patch in a bid to inspire others to reach out for assistance.
Telegraph editor Brian Hossack, pictured, told HTFP: “Social media was intended as a place for people to share stories, reconnect with others and spread good news.
“Sadly it is now often used to spread hate, negativity and as a tool for trolling or bullying – and during lockdown this seems to have only got worse.
“We wanted to use these platforms again for the purpose they were intended. To encourage people suffering their own struggles to reach out and talk, to share their stories and to realise they aren’t alone.
“On Thursday, we want to use the huge reach we have for a positive purpose.
“We have some many good news stories to share and we look forward to many of our colleagues across Newsquest joining us in what we believe is a really worthwhile initiative.”