With the severe budget cuts to the NHS hitting mental services the hardest, a study has found that Soap Operas and news reports about those same issues can play a significant role in increasing understanding of depression, anxiety, and schizophrenia also helping to encourage people to seek help.
Paul Farmer, chief executive of the mental health charity Mind commented:
“These statistics show just how powerful all forms of media can be in encouraging people to go and see their GP, call a helpline or just get in touch with a friend or a family member with a mental health problem.”
“Media portrayals and reporting, when done well, can be a lifeline. Drama storylines in particular can help people who might be struggling to feel less alone, and they play a vital role in signposting to the help and support that is available. It’s fantastic that we are seeing more media coverage which offers a sensitive, compelling and realistic representation of mental health.”