My Areas of Research

For my research, I narrowed my topic down once more, and now I am questioning, Why don’t Black Women discuss mental health? I am still making my theme a short film because there is a lack of Black Mental Health awareness in the media. For my research, I would be looking into several categories such as Mental Health, Mental Health in media and Filmmaking processes and methods in mental health research. Some of the articles I chose are for my interest in learning more about Mental Health and hoping to get feedback from my peers and professors on what route to take when looking for articles and books.


Mental Health:

Duke, L. H. (2017). The importance of social ties in mental health. Mental Health and Social Inclusion,21(5), 264-270. doi:10.1108/mhsi-07-2017-0029

Evans, Stephanie Y., et al. Black Women’s Mental Health. Balancing Strength and Vulnerability. State University of New York Press, 2017.

Fransen, Elena (2014). The lack of conversation about mental health harms awareness. UWire Text, p.1

Memon, A., Taylor, K., Mohebati, L. M., Sundin, J., Cooper, M., Scanlon, T., & Visser, R. D. (2016). Perceived barriers to accessing mental health services among black and minority ethnic (BME) communities: A qualitative study in Southeast England. BMJ Open,6(11). doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2016-012337
Project Lets  (n.d.). Retrieved from
Scheid, T. L., & Brown, T. N. (2010). A handbook for the study of mental health: Social contexts, theories, and systems. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Swantek, S. S. (2008). Media, Minorities, and the Stigma of Mental Illness. Determinants of Minority Mental Health and Wellness,1-15. doi:10.1007/978-0-387-75659-2_5
Pirkis, J., Blood, R. W., Francis, C., & Mccallum, K. (2006). On-Screen Portrayals of Mental Illness: Extent, Nature, and Impacts. Journal of Health Communication,11(5), 523-541. doi:10.1080/10810730600755889

Wahl, Otto F;Lefkowits, J Jonatan. Impact of a Television Film on Attitudes Toward Mental Illness, American Journal of Community Psychology; Aug 1, 1989; 17, 4; ProQuest pg. 521

Short Films 

Bilge, A., & Palabiyik, O. (2017). The Effect of Short Films About Mental Health and Disorders on Preventing Stigmatization in Nursing Education. Archives of Psychiatric Nursing,31(1), 88-92. doi:10.1016/j.apnu.2016.09.006

Parr, H. (2007). Collaborative film-making as process, method and text in mental health research. Cultural Geographies,14(1), 114-138. doi:10.1177/1474474007072822

I think I am having a problem with finding articles on script writing and character development and mental health. I am not sure if I am using the proper film terms. I am however interested in finding more articles on how scriptwriters and directs develop characters with mental illnesses and their processes and inspiration. Again, I am accepting advice and guidance!


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