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Media contributes to structural stigma towards mental illness

How is mental illness portrayed in the news?

A study was published in the May, 2005 issue of Psychiatric Services which was reported on in the June 17, 2005 issue of the Psychiatric News which found that there is "structural stigma" based on how mental illness is talked about in the media but that it is improving.

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Like any other topic, being well informed and having correct information leads to a more accurate understanding. As I keep pointing out on this blog, media literacy is a skill in short supply in our technological age where slogans like "fair and balance" have become ironic jokes.

Those of us in the mental health field have the constant obligation to educate the public and the media about mental health issues so that accurate information and not distortions is disseminated.

Link: When Mental Illness Makes News, Facts Often Missing in Action -- Levin 40 (12): 18 -- Psychiatric News.

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