The Media vs The Reality Of Mental Illness

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Few things are as powerful as the media. The media often reflects the way we think. Years of misinformation has led people to have skewed perception of mental illnesses.

Historically inaccurate

Schizophrenia has been portrayed in the media as something it is not. The words violent and aggressive have been associated with the condition. This has led to myths being created with not only this condition, but others too. The relationships between the media and charities like MIND have been complicated. More charities are challenging the media and people to educate themselves.

While the battle to dispel misinformation about mental illnesses goes on, we are heading in the right direction. More high-profile celebrities aren’t afraid to speak out. Over the past few years, individuals have been able to echo their opinions, using their platforms. A lot of it has dispelled myths about mental health conditions from years gone by.

An unseen Disability

There are also publications such as Mindset and advocates such as Ruby Wax who continue to educate the wider population. Once upon a time, people were led to believe that those with mental health conditions were dangerous. However, slowly but surely this perception has faded.

A small minority of people have enabled others to create an inaccurate narrative about the rest. It has been an unfair and unfortunate perception, which has affected people’s lives negatively.

The balance of fair play and the reality of mental illnesses should not be taken lightly. There is still a way to go when it comes to ensuring the media do their part of educate and inform correctly.

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