The portrayal of television series surrounding mental illness may cause polarising views due to the controversial and sensitive topics they are. collaboration between the mental health sector in America and the Tv industry provide a potential for positive representation that entertains and inform audiences, as well as challenging previous negative portrayals of mental that we have seen on the big screen and TV shoes such as Hitchcock’s ‘Psycho’.
“Dr Hopgood said that research showed Hollywood portrayals of deranged, violent killers could feed into public fear of those with psychiatric conditions, despite those with a mental illness being more likely to be victims of rather than perpetrators of crime.” (Stark 2014)
We are slowly but surely steering away from these portrayals as mental illness topics are being more and more accepted we can see media and especially television, creating these new fictional representations in both television and the big screen. All of this information is crucial and needs to be done in a way that is ethically and morally right. There is still an evident struggle between censorship and what these portrayals say are the truth. However, we are slowly getting there so it is a topic and theme in entertainment media that can be spoken about and provide help to those who need it.
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