Profits and yellow journalism cause stigma associated with mental illness.

If it bleeds, it leads.

This slogan speaks to the often sensational reporting tactics used by media all over the world. and which is difficult for the general public to ignore.

These are only a few of the stereotypical descriptions that are used about people suffering from a mental illness and some other handicaps as well:

  • A sly manipulator
  • depressed female
  •  mad scientist
  •  violent seductress
  • crazy

   only tend to keep the stigma going.

 ‘Stigma thrives in silence but tends to fade when people are open and we can put a face to a condition or situation.”

by Art Tuckman

This entry was posted in Schizophrenia on by .

About Jill

Author of books and articles on support and experiences of living with a mentally ill family member. My aim in blogging is to let others see how a loving family, with a father and husband who is able to give unconditional love, can help the family cope. Many call me the blogging grandma.'

One thought on “IF IT BLEEDS, IT LEADS …

  1. Elaine Benton

    Words hold much power, and should be used wisely. Often the media all too quick to sensationalize a story get the facts wrong from not verifying their sources, or use poor wording/phraseology completely changing the tone or message of a news story. Instead of bringing down, should we not be endeavouring to uplift and encourage? Reporters have the ability to destroy and damage, but also own the power to make change, educate and enlighten the world through accurate good reporting.


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