"The entertainment industry is, after all, the most extensive and high-impact educational system in this country. So it is particularly important to have them 'educate' accurately."
-Alan I. Leshner, CEO, American Association for the Advancement of Science; executive publisher, Science; former director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse
One in 4 U.S. adults experience a mental health disorder in a given year. Stories featuring characters who are living with a mental illness can help people recognize that there is hope of recovery. TEAM Up has developed mental health writing guidelines to help you craft accurate and rich stories that minimize the potential for perpetuating stigma.
A Multi-Dimensional Look at Mental and/or Substance Use Disorders, their Treatment & Recovery (Entertainment Writers)
Our esteemed panelists will discuss the importance of utilizing fair, correct, and respectful terminology in stories that include prescription drug abuse, substance use disorders, co-occurring disorders, mental illness, and those individuals who are affected by them. They will shed light on their experiences, both first-hand and professional, during an interactive webcast that will focus on the power that entertainment writers can have in reducing the discrimination toward people seeking treatment or in recovery from behavioral health issues.
Social Media Guidelines for Mental Health Promotion and Suicide Prevention
Tips for organizations and individuals communicating about mental health and suicide on social media to reduce stigma, increase help-seeking behavior and help prevent suicide.
Depiction Suggestions for Character and Storyline Development
Accurate depictions of characters and storylines can be recognized as true and compelling by a large percentage of audiences, which adds to the authenticity of a production, level of audience engagement and entertainment value.
First Draft Assistance
Looking for an expert on the topic of mental health that can review your script, answer questions, or provide insight into this complex topic using their real life experience? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to participate in our First Draft Technical Assistance Program and have EIC connect you with an expert. This service is free to the creative community.
Style Guide: Reporting on Mental Health
Created for journalists, this A to Z mental health style guide can be helpful to the entertainment industry as well in crafting accurate and thoughtful portrayals of characters for film and television.
Entertainment Media Scan
TEAM Up conducted a content analysis of primetime scripted fictional programming to determine how mental health issues are portrayed on television. The analysis includes the conclusions that can be drawn regarding what these depictions look like and the next steps that can improve accurate and meaningful portrayals of mental illness.
Spotlight On Newsletter
EIC circulates newsletters that provide information and suggestions for creative depiction on a wide variety of mental health topics.
Communicating About Suicide and Mental Health: Media Round-Table Discussion
Video excerpts from a panel at the "Two Lives a Day Lost in L.A." event highlight best practices for reporting on mental health and suicide.
EIC publications focus on specific topics including post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, bipolar disorder, suicide prevention and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.
Each year, EIC honors accurate depictions of mental health and mental illness in entertainment media. Browse through our recent winners and learn how to submit your work for recognition.
Listen to media and mental health experts, including Dr. Drew Pinsky, Rebecca Palpant and Dr. Bernice A. Pescosolido, discuss how to accurately portray mental illnesses.