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 >>


A BAFTA for 'Bedlam': Reflecting on catapulting mental health into the public eye

'Bedlam', a Channel 4 series about mental illness made at the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust (SLaM), won a BAFTA television award last month.

Sarah Hall, Communications and Media Manager at SLaM, talks about why this may have helped to make a difference to people living with a mental illness.

I want to help change the perception of men who experience eating disorders, depression and other mental health conditions

I am a husband, a Daddy to my three beautiful young children, a Mental Health Nurse,   with a good circle of friends, and a person who is confident in who they are and confident about what they want out of life.

Depression, anxiety and PTSD: Talking was my first step towards recovery

The day the doctor said:

“These seizures you are having are non-epileptic.”

It was really frustrating. I wanted to actually know what was going on - they had done all kinds of tests.

“The only option is to send you to a psychiatric hospital for children and adolescents,” he said.

“… Hang on there”, I said, “You only have just told me.”

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