Media Advisory Service

  • 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 >>

We want to ensure that both factual and fictional portrayals of people with mental health problems that appear in the media are accurate and that you have all the tools you need to get things right. 

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?

  • 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

What are the aims of the Media Advisory Service:

  • 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.

What can we do for you? 

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

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