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Depicting Mental Health
This year, Jennifer
Morrison won a
PRISM Award for her performance as Ashley, a young woman suffering from bipolar
disorder in Bringing Ashley Home, a Lifetime Original Movie, based on the true story of Ashley and Libba Phillips. Jennifer discussed her commitment to accuracy, and the methods of research she utilized to achieve it, when we sat down with her after she received her award.
Portraying someone with bipolar disorder is a difficult task due to the reality that this condition is characterized by two emotional states: the manic and the depressive. Jennifer admitted that portraying this character accurately took a great deal of behind the scenes research from publications and documentaries on the illness in order to get it right. “I read a tremendous amount of memoirs written by those who were suffering from bipolar disorder or were once suffering… I was really blown away by how beautifully written they were and just how heartbreaking they were.”
The entertainment industry has an unparalleled ability to affect public perception and knowledge about health and social issues. This ability to engage and influence audiences, creates a need for creative and accurate portrayals that will stimulate conversations and ultimately combat misconceptions about these issues. Jennifer summed it up when she described her own motivation to create an authentic and realistic character. “I felt a huge responsibility to portray Ashley accurately, because she was representing a whole percentage of people that are out there struggling with this.. and if this could in some small way make people aware or encourage people to find help… I wanted to do the best I could.”
Dispelling common myths about mental health is essential to increasing awareness
I can’t do anything for someone with mental health needs.
You can do a lot, starting with the way you act and how you speak. You can nurture an environment that builds on people’s strengths and promotes good mental health. For example:
Prevalence of Psychological Distress
in the United States
Prevalence of serious psychological distress* among adults aged ≥18 years, by state quartile† — Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, United States, 2007§
* Kessler-6 score of ≥13.
† For Tennessee and Utah, data are from 2009.
§ Quartiles based on point estimates.
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