The mission of the Harvard Medical School Center for Mental Health and Media, an affiliate of Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, is to save lives, comfort and educate families, and to change the public’s outdated and inaccurate perceptions of the nature, causes and treatment of mental illness. To do this we connect some of the most powerful forces in today’s society—the mass media—with one of the most pressing health and economic issues in both the industrialised and underdeveloped worlds: mental health.

The first step to healing is knowing.

Massachusetts General Hospital is qualified as a non-profit organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code

In a world where media shapes our perceptions, Mental Health and Media intertwine to bring about profound change. This unique platform, born out of the World Health Organization’s vision, uncovers the influence of the media on mental health. Media can either perpetuate stigma or ignite understanding and compassion. Our mission is to transform the media’s impact into a force for good.

Explore a wealth of resources, stories, and tools that empower media professionals, advocates, and the public. Together, we challenge stereotypes, dispel myths, and create a more inclusive society. Hear the voices of individuals who bravely share their mental health experiences, using various media platforms to raise awareness and advocate for change. Witness exceptional campaigns that promote mental health literacy, prevention, and support.

Mental health is intrinsic to well-being, with a quarter of the global population facing mental or neurological disorders. Let us strive for universal mental health coverage, ensuring access to quality care without hardship.

Join us on this transformative journey, where Mental Health and Media come together to foster empathy, understanding, and positive change for all.