40% of Media About Mental Illness Cites Danger; 17% Cites Lived Experience


The Canadian Journal of Mental Illness reports, in a study of newspaper coverage by Canadian newspapers over a 6-year period, that danger, violence and criminality were direct themes in 40% of newspaper articles, while only 18% addressed recovery or rehabilitation and 83% lacked a quotation from someone with mental illness.

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Whitley, R., Berry, S. Trends in newspaper coverage of mental illness in Canada: 2005-2010. Canadian Journal of Psychiatry. February, 2013 58(2): 107-12

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Kermit Cole
Kermit Cole, MFT, founding editor of Mad in America, works in Santa Fe, New Mexico as a couples and family therapist. Inspired by Open Dialogue, he works as part of a team and consults with couples and families that have members identified as patients. His work in residential treatment — largely with severely traumatized and/or "psychotic" clients — led to an appreciation of the power and beauty of systemic philosophy and practice, as the alternative to the prevailing focus on individual pathology. A former film-maker, he has undergraduate and master's degrees in psychology from Harvard University, as well as an MFT degree from the Council for Relationships in Philadelphia. He is a doctoral candidate with the Taos Institute and the Free University of Brussels. You can reach him at [email protected].