ERIC Number: ED452458
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001-Feb
Challenging Stereotypes: An Action Guide. Consumer Information Series, Volume 5.
Arnold, Jean; Weinerth, Nora
This booklet is intended to help decrease the barriers of prejudice toward people who have mental illnesses. It serves as an educational tool to eliminate the stigma associated with mental illness and to help develop anti-stigma or anti-discrimination programs. Increasingly, the media is doing a better job of breaking down the stereotypes associated with mental illness. Tools are provided in this publication to help promote fair, accurate, and balanced portrayals in the media. A seven-step guide is included on how to write an effective letter of complaint about unfair coverage of these issues in the media. Links are provided to groups with a common interest on the impact of widespread misconceptions on people who are coping with and recovering from mental illness. The 1999 surgeon general's call for action on mental health has invigorated a growing momentum to address the harm that prejudice and discrimination inflict upon millions. Anti-stigma and anti-discrimination work is critical. Through persistent, combined efforts, the mental health community can lead public opinion away from stereotypic thinking. A list of media directories for television, radio, and newspapers, and additional resources are included. (Contains 21 references.) (JDM)
Descriptors: Bias, Mass Media Role, Media Research, Mental Disorders, Mental Health, Program Development, Social Action, Social Discrimination
CMHS Knowledge Exchange Network, 5600 Fishers Lane, Room 15-99, Rockville, MD 20857. Tel: 800-789-2647 (Toll Free). For full text: http://www.mentalhealth.org.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reference Materials - Directories/Catalogs
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (DHHS/PHS), Rockville, MD. Center for Mental Health Services.