News Coverage and Mental Illness

The news is one of the worst culprits when it comes to poor coverage on mental illness. This article shows how the media tends to link violence and mental illness together, specifically gun violence. The media is very quick to label those who commit an act of violence leading to a tragedy as mentally ill without providing proper evidence first. Making such quick claims without actual evidence links violence and mental illness together with no real support. As you can imagine, that creates a terrible social stigma for anyone who is diagnosed with a mental illness. Stigma is the greatest barrier between mental illness and seeking treatment. Instead of focusing on treatment programs and recovery, the focus is put on violence and ends up isolating this population from the rest of society due to misguided fear.


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