Positive On-Screen Mental Health Portrayals Help Teens Discuss Issues, Survey Finds

  • Variety
Positive On-Screen Mental Health Portrayals Help Teens Discuss Issues, Survey Finds
Some 68% of teens say that seeing positive portrayals of mental health conditions on-screen breaks down stigma, a survey commissioned by the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) has found.

The research, conducted by YouGov, also reveals that 48% said that seeing these positive depictions helps them understand issues around mental health, can act as a springboard to get help and that a scene in a film or TV show has prompted them to talk to their friends or parents about mental health.

The survey has revealed the three biggest mental health concerns for teens are anxiety, stress and depression, with 64% of 13-18-year-olds saying they want appropriate warnings on all films and TV shows featuring this content. The warnings help them protect their own mental health, make informed decisions about what to watch and protect their younger siblings and friends.

Some 78% of 13-18-year-olds think the media industry has an important
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