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Media Depictions of Mental Health (Online), 2017/18
Gary Morris
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Essential reading

MORRIS, G. (2006). Mental health issues and the media . London: Routledge

MIND OUT (2002). Mindshift: a guide to open-minded media coverage of mental health . Mind Out: London

MEDIA BUREAU (2001). Mental health and the press [online]

PHILO, G. (Ed). (1996). Media and mental distress . London: Longman

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BOLTON, J. (2000). Mental illness and the media. Psychiatric Bulletin ; 24(9) pp345-346

CUTLIFFE, J. (2001). Mass media, 'monsters' and mental health clients: the need for increased lobbying. Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing ; 8(4) pp315-321

DEVEREUX, E. (2003). Understanding the media . London: Sage

DIEFENBACH, D. (1997). The Portrayal of mental illness on prime time television. Journal of Community Psychology ; 25(3) pp289-302

FRAME, J. (1980). Faces in the water . London: Women’s Press.

HALLAM, A. (2002). Media influences on mental health policy: long term effects of the Clunis and Silcock cases. International review of Psychiatry ; 14(1) pp26-33.

GABBARD, G. and GABBARD, K. (1999). Psychiatry and the cinema . Washington: American Psychiatric Press

KESEY, K. (1979). One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest . London: Marion Boyars

MCARDLE, S. and BYRT, R. (2001). Fiction, poetry and mental health: expressive and therapeutic uses of literature. Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing ; 8(6) pp517-524

MCQUAIL, D. (2005). McQuail’s mass communication theory . 5th edition. London: Sage

MIND (2000). Counting the cost: a survey of the impact of media coverage on the lives of people with mental health problems. Mind publications. (Out of print)

MORRALL, P. (2000). Madness and murder . London: Whurr

NAIRN, P. (1999). Does the use of psychiatrists as sources of information improve media depiction of mental illness ? A Pilot Study. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry ; 33(4) pp583-589

NASAR, S. (2001). A Beautiful Mind . London: Faber.

PHILO, G. (1997). Changing Media representations of mental health. Psychiatric Bulletin ; 21(3) pp 171-172.

PLATH, S. (1963). The Bell Jar . London: Faber

ROYAL COLLEGE OF PSYCHIATRISTS. (2001). Changing Minds: Every Family in the Land

SAYER, P. (1988). The Comforts of madness . London: Constable

SEALE, C. (2002). Media and Health . London: Sage

WAHL, O. (1995) Media madness : public images of mental illness . New Brunswick, NJ : Rutgers University Press

WILSON, C.; COVERDALE, J. and PANAPA A.. (2000). How mental illness is portrayed in children’s television. British Journal of Psychiatry ; 176(5) pp440-443

WILSON, C.; NAIRN, R.; COVERDALE, J. and PANAPA, A.. (1999). Mental illness depictions in prime-time drama: identifying the discursive resources. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry ; 33(2) pp232-239

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Useful websites

British Board of Film Classification

British Film Institute

Broadcasting standards Commission Code of Practice


Motion Picture Association of America

Press Complaints Commission

This list was last updated on 01/07/2009