James Mullins is impressed that powerful portrayals of psychiatric disorders, which foster a positive reaction in society, are now more prevalent
Headlines in the press that include words such as ‘psycho’, ‘bonkers’ or ‘madman’ have been used to provide a sensationalist hook, symbolising the fears that some sectors of society have about the experiences of people with mental health issues. However, this article suggests that progress has been made. Broadcast media, in particular, have attempted to educate viewers with a series of outstanding films and television programmes that support the notion that such individuals, when portrayed positively, can be regarded with empathy rather than fear.
Mental Health Practice. 17, 8, 34-35. doi: 10.7748/mhp2014.05.17.8.34.e812Correspondence
This article has been subject to double blind peer reviewConflict of interest
Received: 30 October 2012
Accepted: 11 November 2012
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