Stigma and Mental Illness

This story is another one that I meant to pick up on earlier, but have been a little too busy to catch up on.

Time to Change conducted research into the stigma surrounding mental illness and found that there have been improvements in the way that mental illness is now perceived.

Some key findings include:

  • 95% of respondents recognise that stigma is a problem.
  • 3/4s of people say that they are aware of the facts surrounding mental illness.

You can read the news story here.


Film Representations of Mental Illness

I’m a little late to this report, but Time to Change have published a fascinating and insightful report on film portrayals of mental illness from the 1970s to 2006.

One of their main findings was that mental illness is portrayed in one of four ways:

  1. Comedy.
  2. Faking and indulgent.
  3. Pity.
  4. Violence.

You can read the report here.