|In the last few years, and especially during the pandemic, we’ve heard more and more stories of online harassment and threats targeting journalists and media professionals.
While some international reports have helped document this phenomenon, there is no study available to examine the psychological and emotional impacts this has on people. That’s why Sunnybrook Research Institute and CBC/Radio-Canada, along with several other professional associations, are asking you to take part in an industry-wide study about the psychological impact of online harm on media professionals.
This study is conducted by Toronto’s largest trauma centre in Canada, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, and supported by CBC/Radio-Canada. This clinical study will provide us and our industry with data to allow us to create practical recommendations around the psychological safety of staff and the development of tools to protect our media professionals’ mental health.
Please click on the link below to complete the survey before October 27.
Password is: online_harassment_study
The survey should take you less than 15 minutes. All your responses will remain confidential. If you start completing the survey and have to step away for any reason, your answers will be saved so that you can return at a more convenient time using the same device and browser.
It is important that the survey be completed by the largest and widest possible number of respondents. To achieve this goal, we have asked many associations to distribute the survey. As a result, you may receive this email from multiple associations. However, you only need to respond once.
If you have questions about the survey, please read this FAQ.
Finally, if you do experience online harassment and need help, please make sure to talk to someone you trust and use the resources available to you. If the situation is causing significant distress, you can call 1-833-456-4566 (24/7), or visit Crisis Services Canada for text or chat options. Thank you, and take good care of yourself.