The goal of this study was to research the connections between portrayals in television shows and real-life people with mental health conditions. In addition, another purpose was to conclude whether my initial thoughts, which include believing a minimal numbers of TV shows contain any positive effect on viewer mental health, were supported. Misperceptions about mental health, including a justified feeling to hide mental conditions, judge others for theirs, or use it as a way for humor, are often given in television shows when mental health is included in the story (Smith, et al. 2019). I created a blog that revolved around the mental health depictions of a TV show and noticed there was difficulty among viewers to realize the mental health portrayals among the characters. My final hope for this study was to have a better understanding of viewer connection to the portrayals of mental health in shows and how it affects them.
Kinzel, Cade, "The Effect Mental Health Portrayals in Television Shows Have on Viewers" (2020). Fall Showcase for Research and Creative Inquiry. 84.