Mental Illness & The Media: The Glamourisation of The Ugly Truth

Stunning piece of writing about mental health.

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The issue of mental illness has been shrouded in taboo for years. In days gone by, admitting that you had a problem was a massive ordeal, let alone getting the appropriate help needed. Words such as ‘depression’ and ‘anxiety’ were almost seen as dirty swear words, spat in hushed tones across many a dinner table, and the phrases ‘just cheer up’ and ‘pull yourself together’ were doled out like sweets. Luckily, today we live in a world that is (on the whole) a lot more understanding and respectful of such problems. Just this week, the Prime Minister has pledged one billion pounds into ending the stigma attached to mental illness, by improving waiting times and quality of care. In television, EastEnders’ Stacey Branning is struggling with the rare but dangerous post-partum psychosis, after already dealing with bipolar disorder. With coverage like this, the lid is well and truly being ripped…

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