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Film, Mental Health and Therapy

  • Gurvinder Kalra
  • Dinesh Bhugra
  • Antonio Ventriglio
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Part of the Palgrave Studies in Creativity and Culture book series (PASCC)

Abstract

For more than a century, films have played a crucial role in shaping our social, political and cultural psyche by portraying a range of psychosocial issues through some interesting story lines and characters. Many of these stories have made a lasting impact on our collective conscious, often entertaining and educating us in the process. The authors of this chapter focus on the portrayal of mental illness and therapy in some selected films and how these shape our perception as a society and more importantly as health-care professionals. The chapter also briefly provides some guidance on how we as responsible health-care professionals and health advocates can influence film portrayals of mental illness and therapy.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gurvinder Kalra
    • 1
  • Dinesh Bhugra
    • 2
  • Antonio Ventriglio
    • 3
  1. 1.Flynn Acute Adult Inpatient Psychiatric UnitLatrobe Regional Hospital Mental Health ServicesTraralgonAustralia
  2. 2.Health Service & Population Research Department, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and NeuroscienceKing’s College LondonLondonUK
  3. 3.Institute of Clinical and Experimental MedicineUniversity of FoggiaFoggiaItaly

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