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Negative reports of mental health deter people from seeking help

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: (Published 26 January 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:194
  1. Rebecca Coombes
  1. London

    Negative reporting in the media of mental health problems stigmatises people who are most severely ill and prevents them seeking medical help, says a new survey of press coverage in England.

    The survey concludes that, although common problems such as premenstrual tension receive sympathetic coverage, stories involving severe mental illness focus on the issue of public safety.

    The survey, published …

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