Portrayal of mental illness in the media, TV and newspapers

These blogs are written by people with personal experience of mental illness. They review and reflect on some of the ways mental health has been portrayed in the media, including TV episodes and newspaper articles.

The way mental illness is portrayed and reported in the media is incredibly powerful in educating and influencing the public. Our Media Advisory Service works with journalists, script writers and other media professionals to help ensure fictional and factual portrayals of people with mental health problems in the media are accurate and sensitive.

By writing about their own experiences and their reactions to these portrayals, these bloggers raise awareness of the different attitudes they have encountered to their mental health and how the media can help shape these attitudes. Pledge to help end mental health stigma today >>

Jonathan Trott, the latest high profile casualty of stress related illness in the sport

RohanFew lifestyles are as alien to what we accept as normal as that of a professional sportsman. I grew up with a father who was an international sportsman; the irony therein is the description that I ‘grew up with a father’ – simply put, he was never there, constantly away on the grind that is the international cricket circuit.

Taking part in Channel 4's Bedlam, episode 4: Breakdown

Dr Tony RaoDoctors who chose a career in psychiatry will tell you that there is often a look of disapproval from other doctors when you tell them that you want to specialise in mental health.

I remember the puzzled expressions on the faces of doctor colleagues when working on a medical ward and informing them of my chosen career path. It was almost as if they thought that I wasting my time.


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