Our ideas about mental health and illness can be informed by personal experiences but are most often formed by the prevailing attitudes of society. A wide range of contemporary media help create these attitudes 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; and, understand the way in which we all interact with media messages and how this affects both practitioners and service users. "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. This comprehensive text covers the press, literature, film, television and the Internet, and also includes practical advice and recommendations on how to combat negative images for service users, healthcare workers and media personnel.
Part One: The Media 1. The Role of the Media 2. Historical trends Part Two: 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 Three: Media Sources 6. The Press 7. Literature 8. Film 9. Television 10. The Internet Conclusion