Photo: 20th Century Fox. True, the … Popular film and television series rarely include characters with mental health issues, and the few that do often portray characters with such issues in ways that trivialize and dehumanize them, a report from the University of Southern California's USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative finds. Photo: Me, Myself & Irene. Don't let these movies fool you. However, strides have been made and will continue to be made. The future of mental illness on film. The treatment of mental health on film is certainly improving. Experts say it incorrectly strengthens the link between mental illness and violence. But the scenarios shown in most films and novels only glorify the stigma and aversion people have towards people living with mental illness, thereby making an individual believe that mental illness is ‘abnormal‘ and hence having it should make you feel insecure and vulnerable. It's helping to enhance the stigma surrounding mental disorders. For those who don’t know or aren’t aware of people around them who have mental illnesses, these media sources may seem like primary examples – providing them with direct information about a wide range of addictions, health conditions, and mental illnesses. When mental health issues are misrepresented in TV and movies, help to shed light on this by adding to the conversation surrounding it. There’s no doubt that television shows, movies, music and more have an influence on societal views. If you live with mental illness, a show like You’re the Worst is downright revelatory. S ixty percent of those affected by mental illness don’t receive the treatment they need. There’s a lot to be positive about on the subject of portrayals of mental health in Hollywood. But, dammit, someone has to do it. During its first season, the FXX comedy introduced Edgar, a … It's a losing fight, going up against the myths pop culture perpetuates. Mental illness is a real experience and when Hollywood exploits it through movies that handle mental illness badly, people are then misinformed about its reality. The main problem with this episode is it presents people with mental health issues as "crazy people." One in five adults in America live with a mental illness. When done right, share it and celebrate! Sure, there are some patchy areas and the issue is still occasionally treated as a trope. Because left unchecked, people go around spewing every dumb thing they learn from movies and shows that are really just using mental illnesses to advance a plot and make a buck, instead of teach us anything useful. Although there are different reasons for this, the representation of mental illness in television and movies has created a negative public perception of mental illness and seeking treatment, and the creators of this … By Breana Cacciotti. 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