mental representations

Psychology professionals watch TV and movies too, and they aren’t immune to internalizing the clichés and stereotypes of various disorders as displayed in popular media. Even though they know better, intellectually speaking, this subconscious bias can still affect the quality of care and the diagnoses they give. Representation of mental illnesses and disorders that are inaccurate or overly negative can have a significant impact on the actions of the medical community. This is yet another reason why accurate and nuanced representation is so critically important.

C: I wish people would start stressing the importance of more black/POC mental health professionals. After 7 years of battling depression my family finally decided to seek out a counselor for me. My only problem now is damn near every counselor in my area is white. Take that however you want to, but when a portion of your depression deals with your identity as a black female, racism and the struggles you experience because of it, it’s pretty hard to open up to someone who can never relate.

something movies,books, media, etc need to learn

disabilities dont go away or get easier because that disabled person entered a relationship.

the disability will never be harder on the s/o than it is on the disabled person.

the disabled person should never be portrayed as a burden, but as a human.

choosing to make the story about how hard it is being with a disabled person, rather than how hard it is dating while being disabled, is not representation for the disabled, it is representation for the partners of the disabled.

dont make the s/o out to be some savior or amazing person because get with/stayed with a disabled person.

all i can think of atm, but yall should add some

friendly reminder that jason todd is mentally ill

I’ve been noticing lately that A LOT of fic writers like to erase jason’s mental illness in their writing and I’d just like to point out that, by doing that, you’re erasing a huge part of his character. jason todd is not just some misunderstood bad boy who secretly loves classic literature and makes bad puns and just wants to feel loved. is he all of those things? absolutely. I’d even go so far as to say those things are all essential to his character. but jason is also canonically mentally ill. and (especially in more recent canon) it is implied that jason knows that he’s mentally ill. a lot of jason’s character development comes from his journey through the process of piecing together his past with his new personality and mentality. to write jason as neurotypical is to completely ignore an important aspect of his character, not to mention denying representation to mentally ill fans who relate to jason and see their own symptoms reflected in him.

friendly reminder that jason todd is mentally ill.

Reasons for you to watch “Please Like Me”
  • LGBT themed show
  • Real people with real flaws
  • You can’t draw the line between “good” and “bad characters because most of them are morally gray teenagers
  • An interracial couple
  • Almost no prejudice is shown, just people being happy about being queer and trying to find love
  • Old people who don’t let age get them or let them down
  • Good and not sterotypical representation of mental illness
  • The grown ass people at the mental hospital act just like high schoolers (and that’s the opposite of a bad thing???)
  • A character who always gives too much love and attention and a character who doesn’t know how to express his feelings properly
  • A character who isn’t comfortable with PDA
  • The girl you think is a bitch in fact have feelings and the guy you thought was the victim is actually a jerk
  • It’s avaliable on Netflix
  • I could go on and on but I’m just two seasons in so
“What about asking Even how he feels? He’s not brain dead because he had a manic episode. Just talk to him when he’s calmed down.”

Can we please appreciate this? Magnus and Skam just educated people and if other writers form other certain shows with Bipolar characters understood, a person is not their disease, a person does not become their disease and their feelings are real. It has its ups and downs but that doesn’t mean the person can’t love or express feelings. 

So yes, standing ovation to the only show actually handling mental illness representation correctly.

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A massive thank you to Skam.

Alright, I just finished Skam three days ago and I have something to say about it.
And that’s a huge big massive thank you.

Thank you especially for Season 3. Thank you for making me realise that my mental illness does not define me, just like it does not define Even. And we, people struggling with our own demons and nightmares, worth it. We may be complex but we are able to love and to be loved. We just have to accept it.

Thank you also because now I am no longer afraid of what I can feel. My feelings are valid just like Isak’s. I don’t have to be afraid of who I am or about what my family and friends may think about it. They are my friends, they will be there for me. And vice versa.

So to Isak Valtersen and Even Bech Naesheim. To Julie, Tarjei and Henrik. And to all the amazing cast that are depicting our generation in a sincere and realistic way.

As a French girl who is going to turn 21, from a black father and a white mother, who has chronic depression and anxiety, and who is struggling with her sexuality, thank you. From the bottom of my heart. To make me feel like it’s okay to have problems and to be different.

We matter and we all deserve representation.

what did we do to deserve skam, honestly. this show has been a gift and a blessing and i’m never going to forget it. this show made me rethink what i thought good representation was - it made me rethink my own values and ideas - it made me rethink other people’s perceptions of me - it made me rethink my own potential, made me realize i could be happy and find support. words will never express how much the season means to me, and to hundreds of thousands of others. this show revolutionized television, i truly believe it has - because it took a story, included mentally ill and LGBT characters, and because of that became massively successful and international all over the world. other tv shows and networks are going to look at that massive burst of popularity, see the reason why it worked and think we want that. we’re going to do that. 

i firmly believe that skam will inspire a whole new generation of LGBT, POC and mentally ill representation that will treat us like no other show has treated us; like people. like complex, three-dimensional human being, where the fact that we are minorities isn’t the reason we exist or our only character trait. and i am forever, forever, forever grateful for that.

i’m only willing to say goodbye and let go of isak and even in hopes that this has inspired a thousands different universes in different tv shows where there are gay stories that aren’t about being gay. i can’t wait to see what’s going to come next in skam and the impact they’re going to have on the world. 

so. yes. this is my goodbye to season three, and my hello to (hopefully) so many other seasons that we will come together to watch, and appreciate, and be represented in. <3

Okay we all love the LGBT+ representation in YOI, but also

what gets talked about less is its representation of mental illness!! Yuuri’s anxiety, JJ’s anxiety. Yuuri’s depression. Viktor’s anxieties about being a coach.

They’re all treated as normal, human emotions and human beings for feeling those emotions???  Yuuri being depressed and binge eating to cope with it over the loss of his dog and then the loss of the GPF . Yuuri having self confidence issues and Yuuri talking about it frankly with Viktor in episode , but also Viktor not being the cure-all for Yuuri’s anxiety, but that he tries desperately to help him with it.

AND JJ IN EPISODE 11. Holy shit. The fact that they took this superhuman skating beast and made him ~human~. That he fumbled his performance because of anxiety the same way Yuuri has in the past. That the pressure gets to him too. And his supportive fiance GOD BLESS HER. And the audience still singing and clapping along with tears streaming down their faces, and JJ recovering in the end with the “It’s JJ style!”

And never ONCE does this show make fun of/belittle/treat like it’s crazy any of this mental illness stuff. 

I’m so fucking proud of this show. As someone who is LGBT+ and suffers from mental illness, this is the most meaningful Christmas gift I could have been given. Kubo-sensei, on behalf of myself and everyone like me…thank you. Thank you so much.

Just my thoughts on the whole ‘who should be S4′s shining star’.

Honestly I think it would be best if it were Even. Firstly it comes down to timing, if Even makes it through this year of school he will graduate in the summer. If I’m right in saying that Skam comes round in March then roughly 10-12 episodes takes us towards a summer finish.

Secondly and more importantly is how many questions are left unanswered in regards to an important character. Even is important because he is a source of representation for mental illness/bipolar disorder and we have only so far seen that mental illness be dealt with through the eyes of Isak. That and Even’s past only starts becoming central to his character in the later parts of the season.

Ok and yes people make a point about how we get more Evak. As much as I love the soft boyfriend material I think it would also be more important to see Evak settle into their relationship over a few more months. To see Even go through a transition as he begins to accept his illness and Isak’s love for him not because of his illness but because Even is Even, he is much more than his illness. Much like how Isak made a serious character progression in accepting his sexuality and his changed perceptions of mentally ill people & religion (he grew up alot basically).

Finally Even’s season doesn’t mean that the girl group, boy group and Kollektivet have to be pushed as much into the background like Isak’s. It is very likely that Even will become close with Isak’s friendship group (*cough Magnus cough*) and that could give insight into how Magnus, Mahdi and Jonas are faring in their lives. As for the girl group well there is obviously Vilde and Kosegruppa and maybe Even could meet Eva and maybe banter with Sana (cmon you know you want to see that). Then there is obviously Kollektivet aka the ‘home group’, I can see Even becoming more acquainted with Noora, Linn and Eskild and that could give us insight into whether anything may ever happen with William and Noora again.

 Thus I think Even has far too much story left to be pushed into a much later or season or not given one at all. It also means Season 3 and 4 together make a larger story but yet both seasons could be made to be accessible stories on there own fitting in with how Skam does its seasons as stand alone stories. Which means you can either access season 4 as distinctly Even’s or watch 3&4 together as a larger ‘story of Evak’. It has a lot of promise imo.

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Representation in Books

Black girls need more representation in books.

Dark-skinned girls need more representation in books. More specifically *ahem* ya books. Because me being a teenager and not seeing the representation I need as a lighter skinned black girl kind of sucks. The only girl I can gravitate to is Winter from the Lunar Chronicles as of right now and probably for eternity, who I shall love and cherish so much.

Asian girls and guys need more representation in books (and not all of them have to be Korean, Chinese, or Japanese).

Indian girls and guys need more representation in books. The only book with an Indian guy in it that I’ve seen is Gat from “We were Liars” (aka amazing book).

Latinos need more representation in books. The only latino main character I’ve read in a book was called “Thanks for the Trouble,” which was also a good book.

People with disabilities, mental illnesses, and disabled people need more representation in books. I don’t see too many of those. I’ve seen mental illness *ahem, All the Bright Places, one of my favorite books* and some other books, but what about teenagers with autism? With Down syndrome? Handicapped? Missing a limb? The struggles they face? I have a younger brother who’s autistic, and I’d like more representation for disabled people and people with disabilities.

Anyone apart of the LGBT+ community needs more representation in books. I’m starting to see some books that show LGBGT+ people (one of my favs, “Everyday” by David Levithan) but there’s still room for more improvement. Although I might not support the LGBT+ community, it’s still important for those people apart of that community to see themselves better represented or just represented at all.

I’m sure there’s plenty, plenty more down the list. But these are my concerns from the top of my head.

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At this point, does anyone even really care if Sherlock and John are in love?
Who is Mary Morstan? Turns out, it doesn’t really matter.
By Aja Romano

Amanda Abbington’s arrival as Mary Morstan at the start of Sherlock season three seemed to accompany a shift in the show’s overall direction away from crime-solving and toward a rhetorical plot cycle in which John attempts to swap his dysfunctional relationship with Sherlock for something healthier, only to fail because in the world of Sherlock, all roads and all people ultimately lead back to the title character himself. The people around him, even John, ultimately seem to exist only as extras in his world, showing up when needed to lecture, scold, or spurn him into a renewed sense of purpose or a showing of human decency. (This trait is so well developed that all the characters who appeared in 2016’s one-off, 1890s-set holiday special turned out to be Sherlock’s mental representation of them as pieces of his conscience.) …

Given all the terrible things Sherlock has done to John directly over the course of their friendship that John has inexplicably managed to forgive — including lying to John, drugging John, sending John into a PTSD-triggering war zone, and making John watch as Sherlock faked his death before pretending to be dead for two years — the fact that Sherlock’s failure to save Mary is the final straw that threatens to cause a permanent rift in John and Sherlock’s friendship does even more injustice to Mary’s narrative. Her story was never her own story; it was always and ever about fueling the heart of the series, the relationship between Sherlock and John. …

It’s kind of a mess. And it really only justifies the impending narrative for the rest of season four — in which John will push Sherlock away as Sherlock awkwardly tries to help him recover — if you ultimately think their relationship is worth salvaging. Frankly I’m not sure that it is.

Sherlock, for all of his occasional attempts to be a decent friend, is a perpetually selfish individual who seems to need John more as a reflection of a certain version of himself than because he values who John is. John, in turn, appears to still be the PSTD-ridden soldier who can only snap out of his stupor when he’s chasing the adrenalin high of crime-solving that Sherlock offers him.

If this is friendship, it’s darkly co-dependent; if it’s true love, it’s a tragedy.

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