xoJane: Balance in Mental Health Reporting

It creates an endless, vicious cycle, in which mental illness becomes entangled with violence in the eyes of most readers, who also come to believe that there is nothing to be done to address mental health conditions beyond locking crazy people away where they can’t interact with ‘normal’ society. There’s no interest in the balanced coverage that is so critically necessary, in which mental health issues are examined within a larger social context and people are invited to engage with stories about all aspects of mental health, not just dramatic outliers which are, at their base, sad stories about people who needed help and never got it, yet will be vilified in the media for their illnesses.It creates an endless, vicious cycle, in which mental illness becomes entangled with violence in the eyes of most readers, who also come to believe that there is nothing to be done to address mental health conditions beyond locking crazy people away where they can’t interact with ‘normal’ society. There’s no interest in the balanced coverage that is so critically necessary, in which mental health issues are examined within a larger social context and people are invited to engage with stories about all aspects of mental health, not just dramatic outliers which are, at their base, sad stories about people who needed help and never got it, yet will be vilified in the media for their illnesses.

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