CMH PhD Confirmation Seminar: 28th March 2019 – Mitigating the impact of the media on stigmatising attitudes towards people with severe mental illness

11am-12pm, Thursday 28th March 2019
Seminar Room 410, Level 4, 207 Bouverie Street, Carlton

Presenter: Anna Ross

Supervisors: A/Prof Nicki Reavley, Prof Tony Jorm, Dr Amy Morgan, Dr Alex Wake

Stigma towards people with severe mental illness (SMI) – including schizophrenia, psychosis and bipolar disorder- is a critical issue as it adversely impacts life satisfaction, self-esteem, help-seeking behaviours, treatment adherence, and overall recovery. The media is known to be a key source of information about mental illness and it has strong potential to reduce stigma towards SMI on a widespread scale. Targeting stigma reduction interventions to media professionals presents a substantial opportunity to reduce stigma.


This PhD aims to mitigate the impact of the news media on stigmatising attitudes towards people with SMI by developing and trialling media reporting guidelines that encourage responsible and balanced reporting of SMI, particularly in the context of violence and crime.

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