272 pages | 13 B/W Illus.
Mental Health Issues and the Media provides students and professionals in nursing and allied professions, in psychiatry, psychology and related disciplines, with a theoretically grounded introduction to the ways in which our attitudes are shaped by the media.
A wide range of contemporary media help to create attitudes surrounding mental health and illness, and for all health professionals, the ways in which they do so are of immediate concern. Health professionals need to:
Covering the press, literature, film, television and the Internet, this comprehensive text includes practical advice and recommendations on how to combat negative images for service users, healthcare workers and media personnel.
This paperback brings to mind some of the very best Open University textbooks, particularly those linked to their "popular culture" modules in the 1980's and 1990's. Stephen Weeks, CPN South West Yorkshire NHS Trust
It is contemporary in the objects of its gaze, if not in outlook, and should be recommended reading for students and trainees who may need assistance in seeing the wood for the tree's.
Peter Bryne University College London
Part 1: The Media 1. The Role of the Media 2. Historical Trends Part 2: Positive and Negative Themes 3. Stigma, Labelling and Social Exclusion 4. The Positive Depiction of Mental Health Issues Through the Media 5. The Association Between Madness and Violence Part 3: Media Sources 6. The Press 7. Literature 8. Film 9. Television 10. The Internet Conclusion