In The News22 Nov 2010
TV mental health portrayal rapped
Many depictions of mental illness on TV are frightening and misleading, a government-backed report says.
The study, commissioned by the Department of Health, found nearly half of all mentally ill characters were portrayed as dangerous to others.
Its author said the “axe-wielding maniac” stereotype should be ditched.
Mental health charity Mind said progress had been made in dramas such as EastEnders and Shameless, but more improvement was needed.
Television and films have been using the “madman” as a dramatic device for decades, but in reality, the vast majority of people with mental health problems pose no risk to others.
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