Can Hollywood help lift the stigma on mental health?

Can Hollywood help lift the stigma on mental health? Can Hollywood help lift the stigma on mental health?

October 17, 20181 min read
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When A Star is Born was released to theatres – it had high expectations. It was a hit at international film festivals and Oscar buzz was already starting. Loaded with stars from stage, screen, and the music industry, it was guaranteed to bring in the audiences and pack theatres.


While critics are raving about the performances, the message the film is bringing is also resonating with audiences as well.  The story deals with characters attempting to overcome addictions as well as suicide. It’s a film that has people talking about serious issues.


But is it Hollywood’s job to educate people about issues such as mental health?

With the lines between education and entertainment blurring – is this a platform that could serve the wrong purposes?


And with all things celebrity, is there a risk to glorifying acts of suicide or addiction?

There are a lot of questions and that’s where the experts from CARF International can help.


Michael Johnson is Managing Director of Behavioral Health at CARF and is an expert in mental health and substance use disorder. Mike is available to speak with media regarding this topic – simply click on his icon to arrange an interview.




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    Michael (Mike) Johnson Managing Director of Behavioral Health

    A creative, solutions oriented leader who is passionate about improving quality in behavioral healthcare.

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