Media Depictions of Mental Illness: A Community Discussion

Movies and TV shape our perceptions and expectations of both others and ourselves. Seeing ourselves reflected on screen can be powerfully validating; when our experiences are ridiculed, distorted, or simply don’t appear at all, it can be devastating.

Join us for a series of conversations about media depictions of mental illness and how those depictions affect real people trying to understand their own stories.

We will watch selected short video clips, hear reactions from panelists who live with the diagnoses being depicted, and hear from you about what makes a story resonate with you.

Our first conversation on December 8 centered on depictions of obsessions, compulsions, and intrusive thoughts. Our December 15 conversation focused on depictions of depression and mania.