Clearly, current trends addressing depression and other
mental illnesses on television and film are problematic for a
multitude of reasons. Beyond perpetuating stigmas that create
unfair representations of people struggling with afflictions,
modern depictions of depression in television programs can have
very concrete consequences for people actually living with the
illness. Not only do these portrayals need to end, but as mass media
serves as the primary educator about mental illnesses for most
audiences, most current representations need to be replaced by
accurate, honest, and empathetic depictions that will help mentally
healthy viewers better understand these afflictions and help
mentally ill viewers feel less alone and more comfortable disclosing
their conditions to others. Luckily, a solid mold for this type of
depiction already exists in the unlikely form of a gruff, binge-
drinking, potty-mouthed, talking horse.
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