Screen Stigma: Looking at Mental Illness in Popular Media
Level: Grade 9 to 10
About the author: Matthew Johnson, Director of Education, MediaSmarts
Duration: 1 ½ to 2 hours, plus time for theassessment/evaluation
This lesson was made possible with funding from Bell.
This lesson is part of USE, UNDERSTAND & ENGAGE: A Digital Media Literacy Framework for Canadian Schools.
Students begin by viewing a slideshow that explores common stereotypes of mental illness and mental illness treatment in media. They read a prepared analysis of the portrayal of mental illness in a TV show popular with teens, then in a small group analyze another text of their choice. Finally, students create an annotated version of a scene or excerpt from a text in which they analyze and evaluate its portrayal of mental illness.
- Learn about common media stereotypes of mental illness and mental illness treatment
- Consider the impacts of media stereotypes
- Conduct a critical analysis of a media text
- Create a critical media work
Click here to download the Media Myths and Mental Illness slideshow.
This lesson and all associated documents (handouts, overheads, backgrounders) are available in an easy-print, pdf kit version.