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Stigma Video: "Psychomedia"

Posted Sep 01 2010 12:00am
I just came across this website: Mental Health Stigma.Com with the below video that I found to be very poignant and worth sharing here. It discusses exactly how stigmatizing reports, movies, and other forms of media are created. I encourage you to view it:

I'd be interested in hearing your thoughts on this video. One part that I have to say I did not totally agree with is the footage of Dr. E. Fuller Torrey. I understand that a lot of people have been offended by his words and that he supports forcing medication on people, but since I have recommended his book, Surviving Schizophrenia, and have agreed with some of his viewpoints, I felt I should mention that I don't personally consider him a dangerous, stigmatizing person. I could be wrong, of course. This video footage definitely made me think twice about Fuller and the kinds of statements he makes, since I have obviously not seen all the footage of him that exists. I really didn't like his using the term "brain damaged" to describe people with mental illnesses.

I definitely love this video and agree with the points it makes. I think it would make an excellent educational tool, and the creator offers to use it as such for schools or other institutions in a note on the website right below the video. I wish more people would speak out about stigma and make videos like this one!

Linked to that website, I found another excellent site, which is a sort of clearinghouse on stigmatizing media. It's called the Anti-Stigma Home Page, and I recommend checking it out as well.

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