Sue Baker, Director of Time to Change - England's biggest mental health anti-stigma campaign run by Mind and Rethink Mental Illness - says:
"The Voices is an irresponsible film that will fuel very damaging stereotypes about people with mental health problems, particularly people who hear voices - something which is already much misunderstood. It has the potential to undo some of the progress made in recent years in starting to shift public attitudes.
We appreciate that this is a piece of fictional entertainment, but no matter what the intentions of the film-makers, the main take-away from the film is that someone who hears voices becomes a killer. The reality is that people with mental illness are more likely to be the victims of crime than the perpetrator and that the vast majority of people who hear voices are no threat to anyone.
Even the pre-release promotion of this film has had a very real negative impact, as supporters have been getting in touch to tell us."
Nikki Mattocks, Time to Change supporter, says:
“Hearing voices is something I have experienced for years now, and I have no shame in saying that. I first found out about this film when I was tagged in Facebook posts by numerous people asking if I've killed anyone recently. This made me feel like a complete freak show. The slogan of the film - "hearing voices can be murder" is completely inappropriate and stigmatising.
At the time I received the horrible comments the film hadn't been released and was only being advertised, so I dread to think of the misconceptions this film has the ability to create and even further the stigma that voice hearers like me experience.”
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