- are you a journalist who wants to know the difference between schizophrenia and a personality disorder?
- are you planning to write a drama script about mental health but don't know how to make it realistic?
- or do you work in a breaking news environment and come out in a cold sweat when a story featuring someone with a mental health problem flashes across the wires?
If so, we are here to help. Find out what we can do for you >>
Media portrayals and reporting of mental illness are incredibly powerful in educating and influencing the public. Find out:
- How is mental health currently portrayed in the media?
- What are the aims of the Media Advisory Service?
- What can we do for you?
- currently almost a third of national newspaper coverage about mental health focuses on danger to others and strange behaviour.
- In November 2014 we brought out a report looking at the portrayal of mental health problems in TV soaps and dramas. There are some positive and encouraging trends, but stereotypes still exist. Given that 54% of people say that seeing a well-loved character on screen has improved their understanding of mental health problems, have a read of this
- improve the quality, accuracy and sensitivity of reporting about people with mental health problems.
- reduce the number of news items that link violence with mental health problems
- include the views of people with mental health problems more frequently
- increase the number of authentic and sensitive fictional portrayals of people with mental health problems.
We can offer a variety of support, from advice over the correct use of language, to in-depth consultation over characters and scripts. Some of the services we offer are:
- consultation and advice on scripts and storylines for programmes in development, including fact-checking
- case studies about people with direct experience of mental health problems to inform script and programme development
- workshops, training and seminars on mental health reporting
- information and guidance on best practice for anyone working in the media.
Contact us to find out more:
Hayley Richardson-Roberts, Communications Manager
Phone: 020 8215 2358 / 07789 721 966