VTMH | WEBINAR | Tackling stigma in the news media: Our latest research findings | Wednesday 17 July 2024 | 3-4pm

[Edited extract from public address]

The media is a key source of information about mental illness. 

However, people living with complex mental illness, such as psychosis and schizophrenia, are most commonly portrayed in relation to violence, which negatively influences public beliefs about dangerousness and unpredictability and increases stigma.

This seminar with Dr. Anna Ross (NHMRC Research Fellow at The University of Melbourne) will give an overview of the research we are undertaking to address media-based stigma. We will explore recent examples of media portrayals of mental illness, and the role we can all play in challenging stigma in the community. You will also be invited to reflect on your experiences of media portrayals of mental illness, both the ‘good’ and ‘not-so-good’.

VTMH seminars are open to individuals, from all disciplines and working in all sectors, who are based in Australia and interested in diversity and mental health.
  • Where: Online via Zoom — details to be sent to registrants in advance
  • Cost: Free
  • Bookings: essential, spaces are limited. To secure a place, please register early online via VTMH


Victorian Transcultural Mental Health (VTMH)
Address: St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne, Level 1, Bolte Wing, 14 Nicholson Street, Fitzroy VIC 3065
Tel: (03) 9231 3300

VTMH acknowledges it is located on the traditional lands of the Boon Wurrung and Woiwurrung (Wurundjeri) peoples of the Kulin Nation. We know this land has history, custodians and stories spanning tens of thousands of years. We celebrate and recognise the First Peoples’ continuing connection to the land and water, and pay our respects to their Ancestors and Elders, past, present and emerging.
In a spirit of reconciliation, we commit to walking the journey of learning and healing together.