CALL FOR MORE MENTAL HEALTH FRIENDLY MEDIA

CALL FOR MORE MENTAL HEALTH FRIENDLY MEDIA

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Youth For Mental Health Coalition, Inc. started this petition to Movie and Television Review And Classification Board (MTRCB)

Good day!

We are the Youth for Mental Health Coalition, a non-stock, non-profit organization of youth mental health advocates who lobby for mental health-friendly policies, raise awareness on mental health, and facilitate service delivery programs.


As you might be aware, there is currently an R-13 movie being shown in cinemas containing very graphic portrayals of suicide and self-harm. With this, we raise the concern over such irresponsible portrayals as this may lead to potentially triggering reactions from its viewers. According to  Till, Tran, Voracek, Niederkrotenthaler, & Sonneck (2014), suicide portrayals in fictional media can be linked to suicide and self-harm behavior in real life. Coupled with the fact that more than 2,500 Filipino suicide cases were reported since 2012, the release of this movie is of serious concern to us because of the possible harm that it may cause especially to those suffering from mental health conditions.


In line with this, we would like to ask for the public’s support in the call to make all forms of media safe and more mental health-friendly. The signatures of those who supported this call shall be forwarded to the MTRCB once we officially transmit our letter of concern. We urge that the Movie and Television Review And Classification Board (MTRCB) to strongly consider the following recommendations:

- Designation of technical consultants for mental health during the review process of the movies
- Inclusion of trigger warnings in all forms of advertisements and prior to playing the movies inside the cinema
- Creation of a video on resources on where to seek help at the end of every potentially triggering movie (those talking about rape, suicide, etc.)
- Mental health education initiatives for those in the media

We, likewise, urge the public to be critical in terms of media being consumed and distributed.

For those experiencing distress or know someone who might need help, we advise you to consult a mental health professional or contact Hopeline at (02) 8044673,  0917 558 4673, or toll-free 2919 for Globe and TM subscribers.

Thank you.

 

Source:

Till B, Tran US, Voracek M, Sonneck G, Niederkrotenthaler T (2014) Associations between Film Preferences and Risk Factors for Suicide: An Online Survey. PLoS ONE 9(7): e102293. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0102293

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