Mental Illness in the Media. The fact that the media shapes public opinion cannot be gainsaid. There are situation when the role of the media in influencing public opinion has been positive but there are several cases where the contribution of the media to the public opinion is negative. This is more the case with people suffering from mental health issues (Lichtenstein Creative Media, 2009). The media has a significant share of blame in flaming the public opinion to think that people with mental health issues have a high propensity to commit violence. Mental Illness in the Media.
Sometimes the media has done this without an outright intention of painting a negative picture but the word used in reporting mental illness often carries a negative connotation (Loue & Sajatovic, 2008).
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