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 >>

You can be a man and still be open about your mental health

July 21, 2016

Suicide in men is one of the greatest problems of our time and yet one of the least talked about topics. What many don’t realise is that suicide is the leading cause of death in men under 50 despite the fact twice as many women get diagnosed with depression. Just have a little think about those two facts for a few seconds. It’s not cancer, or road accidents, or some other topic the media loves to run with like global warming that is killing men, it’s suicide.

There are positive ripples from us speaking out about mental health problems

February 12, 2015

I wasn't very popular with Lang, my wife, on Thursday morning – Time to Talk Day. She very much likes being in bed. We'd gone to sleep quite late on Wednesday night, and got up rather early. While she's never genuinely grumpy, she was perhaps on the spiky side of placid on Thursday. This was made worse when we realised I'd got the time of our taxi wrong, and we'd got up half an hour earlier than necessary.