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Mental Health Issues and the Media
An Introduction for Health Professionals

ISBN 9780415325318
Published June 13, 2006 by Routledge
272 Pages 13 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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:

  • be aware of media influences on their own perceptions and attitudes
  • take account of both the negative and positive aspects of media intervention in mental health promotion and public education
  • understand the way in which we all interact with media messages and how this affects both practitioners and service users.

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.

Table of Contents

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

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Gary Morris is a Mental Health Nursing Lecturer working at the University of Leeds, UK, where he runs a taught module entitled 'Mental Health Issues and the Media'.


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