Over 35% of the 75,000 journalists working in the UK are self-employed, and numbers are increasing year on year.
Worryingly 85% of journalists experience work-related trauma with up to 20 percent experiencing depressive symptoms, yet there are still few dedicated resources for the sector, yet alone for freelancers.
Fortunately there are a number of fantastic communities focused on supporting freelance and self-employed journalists, which are starting to fill the gap.
"Separate anything you use for research/finding pitches/networking with editors from what you do for fun. If you find work through Twitter or Facebook, create a separate account or put it on a separate phone that you don't use during downtime. The line between personal and professional is easy to blur and you'll find yourself constantly on if you don't make that line clear early on."-- Rachael D.
Broad and up-to-date article on a number of themes, techniques and key areas of support from IJnet.How To Safeguard Your Mental Health As A Journalist - JournoResources
This article from JournoResources covers some of the key themes and watchouts for self-employed journalists
Mental health guidance from the Football Writers Association
IJNet series on Mental Health and journalism from IJnet
Resources for Mental Health and Journalists from NUJ
Protect your emotional health from online harassment from CPJ
Support for Freelance Journalists
Society of Freelance Journalists
Committee to Protect Journalists
International Journalists Network
National Council for Training of Journalists
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