What can be said about the misconceptions and stereotypes associated with images of mental illness , service providers and patients or clients in films?
1. Films can serve as a barometer of social awareness. • 2. Carefully selected films can educate the general public. 3. There are few films that feature mental illness and children.
4. There are few films that feature mental illness and diverse populations including minority groups. 5. Gender stereotypes persist in films.
What can the members of the college community do to challenge misconceptions and stereotypes associated with mental illness?
1. Films can be used in classrooms to analyze the accuracy and reality of mental health conditions portrayed. 2. Films can be powerful teaching tools. 3. Students and faculty can use the Counseling Center for education, treatment and prevention.
4. Students and faculty can avoid fear and rush to judgment in regard to people with mental illness through education and advocacy: • National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) • Visual Arts Museum • Musicphila (Oliver Sacks) • Political action
S. 1560 Child and Adolescent Mental Health Resiliency Act • S. 1196 Mental Health Care for Our Wounded Warriors Act • S. 987 Positive Aging Act • S. 636 Working Together for Rural Access to Mental Health and Wellness for Children and Seniors Act • S. 558 Mental Health Parity Act