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Media Coverage of Mental Illness

Freeing the Media's Coverage of Incarceration and the Mentally Ill

Robert David Jaffee | Posted 07.05.2014 | Media
Robert David Jaffee

I am glad that mental illness is being discussed more openly these days, a tribute, I would like to think, to those of us who have been writing and talking about our condition for years. But this is a very complicated issue, and the language used can sometimes backfire and perpetuate stigma.

Sympathy for Nick Kristof on His Piece on Mental Illness

Robert David Jaffee | Posted 04.13.2014 | Media
Robert David Jaffee

I appreciate the good intentions of Kristof's piece. I absolutely agree with him about the need for more psychiatric beds in this country. But I disagree with Kristof's underlying premise that most of the mentally ill end up in jail or cannot hold down a job.

To Kiss or Not To Kiss Nicholas Kristof, Mental-Health Policy Wonk

Robert David Jaffee | Posted 04.11.2014 | Media
Robert David Jaffee

People with serious mental illness would tell you that what they seek is a world without stigma, a world where they don't have to fear losing their jobs or their lovers because of any perceived association with criminals.

State of the Union of My Brain and Mental Health Policy

Robert David Jaffee | Posted 03.22.2014 | Media
Robert David Jaffee

Overall, I am heartened by the improvements in recent years that I have seen in public policy and media coverage of mental illness. But there is still a great deal of stigma against the mentally ill.

Gray Lady's Headlines Harm the Mentally Ill

Robert David Jaffee | Posted 07.02.2012 | Media
Robert David Jaffee

The Times should know better than to attribute suicide to economic matters such as unemployment. While the paper of record put the offensive phrase in quotes, it still should have been more careful with its language.

Mental Illness Is a Global Phenomenon

Robert David Jaffee | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Robert David Jaffee

Disorders may take different forms in certain cultures, but I am heartened that the world is beginning to recognize the pervasiveness of mental illness. That's nice after 50,000 to 100,000 years as a species.