Portraying mental illness for stage and screen

Film, television and theatre may exert a powerful influence on community attitudes towards mental illness due to their broad reach and appeal. As such, collaboration between the mental health sector and the film, television and theatre industries may provide the potential for positive portrayals that entertain and inform the audience, as well as countering negative portrayals of mental illness.

Handled well, storylines involving mental illness provide an opportunity for sensitive, engaging and powerful material. Handled poorly, storylines can have harmful effects, perpetuating the stigma associated with mental illness and reducing the likelihood that those with mental illness will seek appropriate help.

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