MHECON 2019, “Reporting Mental Health in Media: Words Matter” will focus on training mental health professionals in using the media to appropriately portray individuals with mental illness and in bringing down the stigma that society holds towards mental illnesses. This inclusive dialogue would enable mental health professionals to change public misconceptions, challenge myths, reduce stigma and discrimination,encourage people in distress to seek help, and promote hope by being an effective spokesperson on Mental Health. The conference will concentrate on different types of media assessed and approached by masses such as Print media, Social Media, and Cinema. We look forward to having unique and insightful sessions by a panel of leading experts from the fields of mental health and media on the theme. We are happy to invite you to be a part of this one-day conference scheduled on 23rd February 2019 at Seminar Hall, 4th floor, Dr MV Govindaswamy Centre, NIMHANS, Bengaluru.
The major objectives of the conference concern the following:
• Training mental health task force in writing effectively to the media, to ensure an accurate portrayal of people living with mental illness and those experiencing mental distress.
• Change public misconceptions, challenge myths, reduce stigma and discrimination,encourage people in distress to seek help, and promote hope by a being effective spokesperson on Mental Health.
• Using mass media as an effective tool to enhance mental health literacy among the masses/community members/audience at large.
• Use of technology-based tools to actively disseminate mental health/enhance mental health literacy to the audience.
• Conference participants are expected to gain relevant knowledge on how to responsibly address mental health issues in public and amongst communities.
Key Highlights of the Conference:
- Maintaining the diversity of the audience, the conference will centre around the following interests :
- Responsible media reporting on/about mental health issues
- Misguided presentation of Mental Health issues in Mass Media
- Using various social media platforms (e.g.YouTube, Instagram, Twitter) to create awareness on and advocate for Mental Health.
- The portrayal of Mental Health in Audio-Visual Media: A Transformative Journey from How it is to How it should be.
- Role of media as an active part of mental health education