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 >>


'Split' review

When the first trailer for 'Split' was released back in September, I was filled with dread. A ‘horror’ film, based on dissociative identity disorder (DID), the mental illness that I’ve battled with every single day for the past eight years. The whole DID community shared my concerns and protested the release of the film. However, a world renowned director, actor and production from Universal Studios meant the film was majorly anticipated with lots of hype.

Watching Channel 4's 'Life on the Psych Ward'

Mind's Senior Media Advisor Jenni Regan blogs on why Channel 4's 'Life on the Psych Ward did nothing to help challenge negative stereotypes of mental illness. 

I watched the Channel 4 documentary ‘Life on the Psych Ward’ with excitement last night. I am a huge fan of what both the South London and Maudsley NHS and Channel 4 are doing to ‘lift the lid’ on mental health and was really interested in the idea that they were tackling the less appetising side of mental health: the forensic ward.

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