Episode 30: Mental Health Representations in the Media

Apr 24, 2017

This episode aired live on Monday, April 24th at 11:30 a.m. 

From stories in the news, to characters in popular TV shows or reality shows, people with mental illness are often played for laughs, or distorted to create conflict in a plot line or simply misleading. The National Alliance on Mental Illness reports that 1 in 5 adults will experience mental illness in a given year. So, this is touching almost 20% of our friends, neighbors and colleagues. How are these media portrayals influencing our understanding of what it means to be mentally ill, or mentally healthy? On this episode of Media Inside Out we’ll explore this sensitive topic more deeply.



Michael Brody, President of the Mental Health Association of Southeastern Pennsylvania


Stephanie Palmieri, Adjunct Temple University Professor in Media and Communications