Summary of Reference about the monitoring findings of publications on the field of mental health disseminated via Mass Media outlets in 2016June 21, 2017 Information Paper
Starting from 2011 Helsinki Citizens’ Assembly Vanadzor has been conducting monitoring of publications on the field of mental health disseminated via Mass Media outlets and official websites aiming to reveal the elucidation level of the state policy regarding the field of mental health and the problems related to the elucidation of the challenges of persons with mental health issues.
In 2016 16 websites were monitored, 4 of which were official websites of state agencies including police.am, genproc.am, moh.am, mlsa.am, while 12 were Mass Media websites: news.am, a1plus.am, lragir.am, 168.am, 7or.am, slaq.am, ilur.am, galatv.am, armlur.am, 1in.am, operativ.am, hhpress.am։ Overall 620 publications were collected and analyzed.
The texts and expressions used in the publications, as well as the large-scale elucidation of unlawful acts committed by persons with mental health issues in its turn contribute to the aggravation of negative stereotypes in the society against persons with mental health issues, which causes the latter to become more vulnerable in terms of human rights protection.
The use of stereotypical wordings during the introduction of persons with mental health issues in publications describing and presenting various unlawful acts, as well as the presence of publications containing violations of the right to the protection of a person’s personal data and their growth as compared with the recent years continue to remain concerning.
Aiming to resolve the problems identified through the study, we recommend:
The RA state agencies
- To exclude the publications containing identification data of persons with mental health issues without a legitimate goal.
- To undertake measures directed at the elimination and prevention of negative stereotypes existing in the society against persons with mental health issues.
- To expand the volumes of public awareness on the actions implemented by the state directed at the solution of legal, healthcare and social problems of the persons with mental health issues.
We urge the Mass Media outlets
- To refrain from the promulgation of personal data that will enable to identify the persons with mental health issues when its legitimate goal is absent.
- To refrain from publications reinforcing the existing negative stereotypes against with mental health issues, as well as the application of texts, wordings and expressions labeling and creating stereotypes against them.
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