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 >>

Challenging stigma on Twitter: Asda and Tesco's 'mental health patient' costume

September 26, 2013

Sarah RobertsonLighten up, it is not a big deal, it is Halloween, it is a joke.

Forgive me for taking life to seriously but, branding a blood-stained strait-jacket costume, complete with meat cleaver, as a ‘mental patient’ possibly isn’t that funny to the one in four people battling mental illness.

It get that it is Halloween, it is horror, it is gore. It is supposed to be ‘scary.’

A poem about mental health stigma and discrimination

September 9, 2013

RachelI have a mental health condition which has been part of my life for as long as I can remember. There have been long stretches of time when I have managed it well and times when I have needed the input of mental health professionals and the support of my loved ones to keep going and to rebuild my life from scratch. I am still here.

Naomi Bentley talks about her experience of mental illness

September 5, 2013

Naomi Bentley with a #timetotalk tattooNaomi Bentley is a 31 year old actor from the Midlands. You may recognise her - she has appeared in TV programmes such as Miranda and Great Night Out, along with starring in films and plays. Now, for the first time ever, she shares her experience of what it is like to have mental illness.