Overview[ edit ] Although lesbiangaybisexual and transgender individuals are generally indistinguishable from their straight or cisgender counterparts, media depictions of LGBT individuals often represent them as visibly and behaviorally different. For example, in many forms of popular entertainment, gay men are portrayed as promiscuous, flashy, and bold, while the reverse is often true of lesbian portrayals. Media representations of bisexual and transgender people tend to either be completed absent, or depicted as morally corrupt or mentally unstable. Similar to race- religion- and class-based caricatures, these stereotypical representations vilify or make light of marginalized and misunderstood groups.
A story may be improved by obtaining the views of health experts or appropriate community leaders who can assist by providing accurate interpretation of statistics and placing situations or campaigns in context.
Be mindful of reinforcing common stereotypes Balanced and accurate reporting has the potential to increase understanding of mental illness.
However, stereotypes can lead to negative community attitudes and stigma. The table below shows myths and facts that can be used as a reference point. Myths Facts People who are mentally ill are violent, dangerous, untrustworthy or unpredictable Many violent people have no history of mental illness and most people with a mental illness have no history of violence.
People with a mental illness are much more likely to be the victims of violence and crime than the perpetrators People are unable to recover from mental illness Mental illness is not a life sentence. Most people will recover completely and go on to live full and productive lives.
A diagnosis will tell you little about a person's ability and personal characteristics Some cultural groups are more likely than others to experience mental illness Anyone can develop a mental illness and no one is immune to mental health problems. Cultural background may affect how people experience mental illness and how they understand and interpret the symptoms of mental illness People with a mental illness differ in appearance to others in the community People with mental illness do not look any different from others in the community Apply specific cultural considerations Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities prefer the term 'social and emotional wellbeing' to describe mental health.
Remember that no one person can speak for all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Be aware of differences in language and communication styles for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and culturally and linguistically diverse populations.
While evidence is still emerging, recommendations should also be applied to the online environment, including social media. Given the instant nature and potential reach of online posts, implementing procedures to monitor and manage message boards for posts that may be harmful or from people in crisis, is recommended.
Online channels provide an opportunity for reinforcing help-seeking information. Specific recommendations for eating disorders Eating disorders are complex mental illnesses with serious physical consequences. Mindframe has developed specific guidance for the reporting and portrayal of eating disorders available online here which is briefly outlined below.
Present eating disorders as serious mental illnesses accompanied by physical consequences, rather than a lifestyle choice or part of an entertainment story. It is useful to focus on the impact eating disorders have on the person and their family. Include a diversity of images, such as people who are a variety of sizes and shapes, as using images of people with extreme body weights or shapes may motivate some people who are at risk to strive to achieve an unrealistic shape or size.
Discuss behaviours in general terms e. If someone is telling their personal story, it is best if they are supported by an appropriate organisation.
Take care NOT to label the person by their illness or to present eating disorders as glamourous or as an option for dealing with problems. Consider how celebrity stories are handled and try not to glamourise the illness. Eating disorders are a specialised field, so consult with recognised experts for accurate information.
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Media portrayals of Indigenous Australians fall into a range of categories, which academics and commentators have described as often negative or stereotyped.
In issues which concern them, Indigenous voices are continually drowned out by non-Indigenous voices, which present them as "problems" for the rest of society. One journalist said: “ If a woman ’ s issue is covered by the media, it is almost always from a patriarchal perspective, with little to no presence of a female voice or viewpoint.
Instead, only superficial or scandalous stories related to women receive significant attention. ” Another journalist said that this can be curbed “ with women who have the authority to influence or over-rule.
10 things you need to understand about the media and crime reporting in Victoria right now.
30 December (updated 8th February ) Media coverage of crime involving African young people is in hyper-drive in Victoria at the moment. Media plays a large role in creating social norms, because various forms of media, including advertisements, television, and film, are present almost everywhere in current culture.
Q: What's the big deal about "naughty nurse" images in the media? I mean, no one believes nurses really dress like that! A: The global media's relentless linking of sexual images to the profession of nursing reinforces long-standing stereotypes.
Even though those images are often "jokes" or "fantasies," the stereotypes they promote discourage practicing and potential nurses, foster sexual.