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TOPIC: Mental illness in the media

Mental illness in the media 11 Sep 2015 16:47 #7534

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I've noticed more and more that characters in media with mental illness don't get shunned like characters that are racially and sexually criticized, but instead get either swept out of the scene or put so intensely in the spotlight that it seems plastic. While this isn't the case with high functioning mentally ill main characters, background characters are shoved into one of the two categories. It seems the media has not learned to properly deal with finding a place for the mentally ill in our tv shows or the like. I am diagnosed with mental illness and would like to see an accurate portrayal of the hardships faced by those diagnosed with various disorders. As time goes on maybe we will accurately see what it is like to deal with mental illness in the media, but for now I guess we will just have to settle for the Hollywood version.
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Mental illness in the media 12 Oct 2015 21:28 #8048

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My reply is a slight deviation from the mental illness issue; just the same I’d like to bring your attention to Madeline Stuart an 18 year old from Brisbane, Australia with Down syndrome who hit the runway in Sept. at one of the biggest fashion events in the world, New York Fashion Week, which has partnered with The Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation to feature models with disabilities in its shows in an effort to break stereotypes both on and off the runway!

As a teenager Madeline has struggled with weight issues but thanks to eating healthy, dancing, swimming, gymnastics and cheerleading she’s been able to lose 45 lbs. and wants to change the way people discriminate against people with disabilities. “People with Down syndrome can do anything; they just do it at their own pace. Give them a chance and you will be rewarded beyond your greatest expectations."

Madeline’s Facebook portfolio of modeling shots has gotten her more than 168,000 fans, the heading states: "Madeline would like to be a model. Modeling will help change society's view of people with Down syndrome. Exposure will help to create acceptance in life." This aspiring Teen Model Challenges Society's Stereotypes of Down Syndrome 'Exposure Will Create Acceptance'

Madeline’s Mom says: "She loves the attention when she is up on the stage, doing a play or competing in gymnastics or cheer, I have always taken millions of photos of her, so she loves the camera. I think it is time people realized that people with Down syndrome can be sexy and beautiful and should be celebrated"

By changing the stigma surrounding people with disabilities Madeline was able to secure a modeling contract with Manifesta Fitness Clothing a line showing the world women can be stunning no matter what size they are or what their disabilities and can take pride in themselves. It's awe-inspiring she's using her modeling career to educate others. People with Down syndrome have an exceptional capacity for joy and kindness; and Madeline is showing their true beauty to the world!
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