Well Being Centre
But what about your story?
As a journalist you tell everyone else's stories—but what about your own?
At some point in all our lives we face extreme pressure at work and at home which have an effect on us. We struggle to cope. Sometimes we get depressed or feel a great deal of anxiety.
And especially, given the nature of the Pakistan news cycle, our jobs expose us to a never-ending cycle of violence, risk, trauma and threats. Working on deadline every day and not getting any relief from the steady flow of bad news, which we have to tell, is extremely challenging sometimes.
So what about our stories?
In recognition of the fact that journalists and media workers deserve immense support, especially because of the high-stress nature of their job, the Centre for Excellence in Journalism and Deutsche-Welle Akademie are collaborating to bring you a free counselling service.
Anyone who is a journalist or a newsroom staffer with a media organisation is eligible. You could be an NLE, a rundown scheduler, a photographer, a cameraman, a DSNG operator, a reporter, a sub-editor, a pagemaker, a radio station technician. It is open to freelance journalists too.
This psychological counselling is completely free of charge.
This service is completely confidential. We have set up a system to ensure that your identity or personal details remain undisclosed. No personal information will be shared with CEJ-DW.
Dr Asha Bedar is a Clinical Psychologist with a PhD from the University of Melbourne, Australia.
She has over 18 years of experience working with individuals and groups, including women, children, youth and men. Before her doctorate, she practised in Islamabad, working specifically on gender and violence against women and children. After her PhD she worked extensively with individuals, groups, families and professionals, both in Pakistan and Australia over the last 12 years.
Dr Bedar does counselling and therapy, capacity building, group work, research, resource material development and project design and implementation related to mental and emotional health, life skills development, resilience, post-disaster psychosocial support among other areas.
Please note: As a psychologist Dr Bedar does not prescribe medication. However, if you and her feel you need to explore taking medication, she can help by referring you to a clinical psychiatrist. (This would not be covered under this service).
How to make an appointment
In order to make an appointment please email, call or message our coordinator Quratul Ain Ali.
Cell: +92 349 200 2567 (message or call)
The counselling takes place in a private counselling room at the IBA campus at the University of Karachi. We have chosen this location as it ensures your confidentiality.
We recommend you come five to 10 minutes before your appointment.
Fauji Foundation Building
IBA campus, University of Karachi
(This building is located right next to the library)
Kindly note: You will have to show your media organisation ID card at the IBA gate to be permitted entry to the campus. (This information will not be recorded, it is just to meet their security requirements.) We request all clients to provide our coordinator their details so she informs security beforehand.
Kindly note: Your entry to the IBA main campus at University of Karachi is only for your appointment with Dr Bedar. We request you do not undertake any other activity (reporting, photographing or filming) as it is prohibited by campus rules.
Duration of session
Each session lasts 50 minutes.
How many sessions will I need?
The number of sessions depends on the nature of your personal challenges, but usually more than one session is required. Dr Bedar will discuss the best possible options with you.
Checklist for Mental Health
We have created a simple checklist for you, the journalist, to assess how you are doing. The idea is to be able to figure out if you need help. It is quite usual to tick many boxes -- it is when these signs and symptoms are interfering with the quality of your life that you may want to get some support. At no point will you need to provide your name.
This is a completely anonymous form.