Changes in newspaper coverage of mental illness from 2008 to 2014 in England

D. Rhydderch, A. M. Krooupa, G. Shefer, R. Goulden, P. Williams, A. Thornicroft, D. Rose, G. Thornicroft, C. Henderson*

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

40 Citations (Scopus)
1034 Downloads (Pure)


Objective: This study evaluates English newspaper coverage of mental health topics between 2008 and 2014 to provide context for the concomitant improvement in public attitudes and seek evidence for changes in coverage. Method: Articles in 27 newspapers were retrieved using keyword searches on two randomly chosen days each month in 2008–2014, excluding 2012 due to restricted resources. Content analysis used a structured coding framework. Univariate logistic regression models were used to estimate the odds of each hypothesised element occurring each year compared to 2008. Results: There was a substantial increase in the number of articles covering mental health between 2008 and 2014. We found an increase in the proportion of antistigmatising articles which approached significance at P 

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)45-52
Number of pages8
JournalActa Psychiatrica Scandinavica
Issue numberS446
Early online date17 Jul 2016
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2016


  • mental disorders
  • mental health
  • newspapers
  • social marketing
  • social stigma


Dive into the research topics of 'Changes in newspaper coverage of mental illness from 2008 to 2014 in England'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this