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A critical perspective on mental health news in six European countries: how are “Mental Health/Illness” and “Mental Health Literacy” rhetorically constructed?

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In this study, we aim to contribute to the field of critical health communication research by examining how notions of mental health and illness are discursively constructed in newspapers and magazines in six European countries and how these constructions relate to specific understandings of mental health literacy. Using the method of cluster-agon analysis, we identified four terminological clusters in our data, in which mental health/illness is conceptualized as “dangerous,” “a matter of lifestyle,” “a unique story and experience,” and “socially situated.” We furthermore found that we cannot unambiguously assume that biopsychiatric discourses or discourses aimed at empathy and understanding are either exclusively stigmatizing or exclusively empowering and normalizing. We consequently call for a critical conception of mental health literacy arguing that all mental health news socializes its audience in specific understandings of and attitudes toward mental health (knowledge) and that discourses on mental health/illness can work differently in varying contexts.
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Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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Van Beveren, Laura, et al. “A Critical Perspective on Mental Health News in Six European Countries: How Are ‘Mental Health/Illness’ and ‘Mental Health Literacy’ Rhetorically Constructed?” Qualitative Health Research, SAGE PUBLICATIONS INC, 2020.
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Van Beveren, L., Rutten, K., Hensing, G., Spyridoula, N., Schønning, V., Axelsson, M., … Vandamme, J. (2020). A critical perspective on mental health news in six European countries: how are “Mental Health/Illness” and “Mental Health Literacy” rhetorically constructed? Qualitative Health Research.
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Van Beveren, Laura, Kris Rutten, Gunnel Hensing, Ntani Spyridoula, Viktor Schønning, Malin Axelsson, Claudi Bockting, et al. 2020. “A Critical Perspective on Mental Health News in Six European Countries: How Are ‘Mental Health/Illness’ and ‘Mental Health Literacy’ Rhetorically Constructed?” Qualitative Health Research.
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Van Beveren, Laura, Kris Rutten, Gunnel Hensing, Ntani Spyridoula, Viktor Schønning, Malin Axelsson, Claudi Bockting, Ann Buysse, Ine De Neve, Mattias Desmet, Alexis Dewaele, Theodoros Giovazolias, Dewi Hannon, Konstantinos Kafetsios, Reitske Meganck, Simon Øverland, Sofia Triliva, and Joke Vandamme. 2020. “A Critical Perspective on Mental Health News in Six European Countries: How Are ‘Mental Health/Illness’ and ‘Mental Health Literacy’ Rhetorically Constructed?” Qualitative Health Research.
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Van Beveren L, Rutten K, Hensing G, Spyridoula N, Schønning V, Axelsson M, et al. A critical perspective on mental health news in six European countries: how are “Mental Health/Illness” and “Mental Health Literacy” rhetorically constructed? Qualitative Health Research. 2020;
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L. Van Beveren et al., “A critical perspective on mental health news in six European countries: how are ‘Mental Health/Illness’ and ‘Mental Health Literacy’ rhetorically constructed?,” Qualitative Health Research, 2020.
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  abstract     = {In this study, we aim to contribute to the field of critical health communication research by examining how notions of mental health and illness are discursively constructed in newspapers and magazines in six European countries and how these constructions relate to specific understandings of mental health literacy. Using the method of cluster-agon analysis, we identified four terminological clusters in our data, in which mental health/illness is conceptualized as “dangerous,” “a matter of lifestyle,” “a unique story and experience,” and “socially situated.” We furthermore found that we cannot unambiguously assume that biopsychiatric discourses or discourses aimed at empathy and understanding are either exclusively stigmatizing or exclusively empowering and normalizing. We consequently call for a critical conception of mental health literacy arguing that all mental health news socializes its audience in specific understandings of and attitudes toward mental health (knowledge) and that discourses on mental health/illness can work differently in varying contexts.},
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  author       = {Van Beveren, Laura and Rutten, Kris and Hensing, Gunnel and Spyridoula, Ntani and Schønning, Viktor and Axelsson, Malin and Bockting, Claudi and Buysse, Ann and De Neve, Ine and Desmet, Mattias and Dewaele, Alexis and Giovazolias, Theodoros and Hannon, Dewi and Kafetsios, Konstantinos and Meganck, Reitske and Øverland, Simon and Triliva, Sofia and Vandamme, Joke},
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  journal      = {Qualitative Health Research},
  keywords     = {Public Health,Environmental and Occupational Health},
  language     = {eng},
  publisher    = {SAGE PUBLICATIONS INC},
  title        = {A critical perspective on mental health news in six European countries: how are “Mental Health/Illness” and “Mental Health Literacy” rhetorically constructed?},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1049732320912409},
  year         = {2020},
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