Main psychological well being charity Thoughts has issued its first set of media tips – together with recommendation for soaps and TV dramas tackling psychological well being storylines.
The brand new steerage is available in mild of analysis commissioned by Thoughts and ITV that reveals that one in 4 viewers had realised they had been experiencing a psychological well being drawback after seeing a storyline exploring the topic on tv.
The analysis additionally highlighted that one in 5 folks (18 per cent) had felt inspired to hunt assist from a medical skilled after watching a personality expertise a psychological well being drawback, whereas one in three (34 per cent) had been impressed to begin a dialog with associates, household, and colleagues.
Based on Thoughts, the brand new tips embody “prime tips about the best way to create accountable and compelling fictional depictions” with the intention to be certain that “characters’ experiences of psychological well being issues are as true to life as potential”.
That is particularly important provided that one in 5 folks nonetheless suppose storylines don’t precisely signify folks with psychological well being issues, whereas one in 10 who’ve seen an inaccurate storyline felt extra inclined to cover their current psychological well being issues, the analysis continues.
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The highest suggestions in Thoughts’s tips embody an enchantment to stay true to character, to make sure constant signs over time, and to keep away from myths and stereotypes round violence.
It additionally urges TV writers to create well-rounded characters and to supply a highway to restoration, moderately than solely portraying psychological well being issues as “being a hopeless affliction the place therapy is pointless and the outlook is bleak”.
Alex Bushill, head of media and PR at Thoughts, mentioned: “It has by no means been extra essential for broadcasters to create correct, delicate storylines about psychological well being.
“Lockdowns and restrictions meant folks began watching extra TV than ever, and an enormous variety of us are seeing soaps and dramas that includes psychological well being issues akin to despair, nervousness, and suicidal ideas. These tales assist folks recognise after they may be experiencing a psychological well being drawback themselves and immediate them to hunt assist.”
He added: “It’s clear from this analysis that psychological well being storylines are widespread, and broadcasters proceed to be dedicated to creating them. We now must see extra airtime given to circumstances akin to schizophrenia, psychosis and post-natal despair that are nonetheless stigmatised and poorly understood.”
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