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Australia: Media reporting on mental illness, violence and crime needs to change – Anna Ross, Elizabeth Paton, Michelle Blanchard

The media is a key source of information about mental illness for the public, and research shows media coverage can influence public attitudes and perceptions of mental ill-health. But when it comes to complex mental illnesses such as psychosis and schizophrenia, media coverage tends to emphasise negative aspects, often choosing to focus on portrayals of violence, unpredictability and danger to others. Continue reading

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