Mental Illness in the Media

From stories in the news, to characters in popular TV shows or reality shows, people with mental illness are often played for laughs, or distorted to create conflict in a plot line or simply misleading. The National Alliance on Mental Illness reports that 1 in 5 adults will experience mental illness in a given year. So, this is touching almost 20% of our friends, neighbors and colleagues. How are these media portrayals influencing our understanding of what it means to be mentally ill, or mentally healthy?

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