It is well known that suicide can be a contagious phenomenon. “Copycat” suicides are seen in local clusters from time to time. Any possible causes of such contagion should be taken seriously.
When portraying mental illness and psychotherapy, the media tends to get it wrong — a lot — which has far-reaching results. Inaccurate depictions fuel stigma and may prevent people from seeking help. “There are people out there who could benefit from therapy but don’t go because they think it’s just for ‘crazy’ people or think all therapists are nuts — because that’s what they see in the media,” said Ryan Howes, Ph.D, a psychologist, writer and professor in Pasadena, California.
When a tragic or violent act happens, the news media tends to exaggerate mental illness and depict it negatively, according to Jeffrey Sumber, MA, LCPC, a Chicago psychotherapist, author and teacher. “In circumstances such as a school shooting or the Giffords shooting, the person’s mental illness is portrayed as something dark and dangerous,” he noted.
There are worthwhile conversations to be had around the unique struggles that come with different illnesses. But I think those conversations can be had in a way that doesn’t undermine the seriousness of other disorders.
Cutting can be difficult to discuss, and not just because of the shame and stigma surrounding mental-health issues. Self-harm is violent, visceral, and a hard image to process. It’s something that makes people uncomfortable, even disturbed.
Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI) launched India’s first mental health awareness campaign and website dedicated to young people, It’s Ok To Talk, through a series of talks and a multimedia exhibition in partnership with Instagram.
A few of the missives addressed are: suicide barriers on bridges are ineffective; suicide is a selfish act; if a person talks about suicide, he or she won’t actually attempt it; and several more.
In a recent interview, Beggs opened up about his past. He said he continued to struggle with gender dysphoria from seventh to ninth grade and it took a toll mentally.
A character on the hit NBC show suffered from a panic attack this week—and the portrayal was spot-on. Anxiety is a mental health disorder, but the symptoms of a panic attack are very real.
Psychologist John Gartner posted a petition on Facebook declaring that Donald Trump must be removed from office because he has “a serious mental illness.” Nearly 12,000 psychologists, psychiatrists, and other mental health professionals have signed their agreement.
SAMHSA’s Center for Substance Abuse Treatment is producing a webcast series, The Power of Language and Portrayals: What We Hear, What We See, to help change the way we talk about and portray substance use in news and entertainment. Read more…
When the rapper Kid Cudi announced he’d checked himself into rehab for depression and suicidal thoughts earlier this month, it sparked a social-media conversation about stigmas. Now, a new track from Drake makes clear how powerful the stigma Cudi defied remains.
Widely shared, heartbreaking images of children dealing with the effects of their loved ones’ heroin addiction are raising questions about whether the pictures exploit the youngest victims of the epidemic.
Steve Bannon’s Comment on Mental Health Deserves More Attention Than His Alleged Disdain for Paul Ryan
The Hill reported on a leaked email from Donald Trump campaign CEO and former Breitbart chair Steven Bannon detailing his commitment to bringing down Paul Ryan and his outlook on mental health in America.
NAMI is teaming up with 29 health organizations to urge the Oct. 9 presidential debate moderators—CNN’s Anderson Cooper and ABC’s Martha Raddatz—to ask a question about mental health.
A legendary Lady Vol is opening up to the world about her battle with mental illness.