Mental health and the media – is there still stigma?

1 June 2017
  • Start: 18:30
  • End: 22:00
  • Location: Science Media Centre

This week has been Mental Health Awareness Week; earlier this month the Royals launched their Heads Together campaign; Prince Harry spoke to the media about his mental health problems following the death of his mother; and we’ve also recently heard about depression, stress and anxiety among famous sportspeople and celebrities.

So is there still a taboo about mental ill health in the media and public? Do people with mental health problems still suffer stigma?

Has progress been made in terms of how the media cover mental health? What about media coverage of criminal or violent acts, or speculation about the psychology of terrorists during breaking news?

Has public understanding of mental health improved over recent years? What can we as media, press and communications professionals do to make sure we’re doing the right thing? Does special language help or hinder; should we treat mental health issues like any other health issue?

Come to this Stempra event to hear from people with expertise in mental health media relations, public perception of mental health, and clinical experience discuss some of these issues and others – and have your say too. Please note this event is open to Stempra members only – non-members can join Stempra here.

When: Thursday 1 June, starting at 7pm (drinks available from 6.30pm)


Daisy Barton, Communications Manager, NIHR Maudsley Biomedical Research Centre & Dementia Biomedical Research Unit

Neil Balmer, Director of Communications, MQ: Transforming Mental Health

Dr Michael Bloomfield, Clinical Lecturer in Psychiatry & Honorary Senior Clinical Research Fellow, UCL

Venue: Science Media Centre, Wellcome Collection, 183 Euston Road, London, NW1 2BE

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