Year: 2023 Source: Los Angeles, USA: USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative and American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. (2023). 32p. SIEC No: 20231816

The Annenberg Inclusion Initiative has released two previous reports exploring the prevalence and portrayals of mental health conditions across the 100 films highest grossing films at the U.S. box office 2016 and 2019. The findings across both studies painted a grim picture: mental health conditions were erased, dehumanized, and stereotyped on screen. Less than 2% of all speaking and named characters in both years were depicted with a mental health condition and a majority of these characters were White, violent, and disparaged against. To continue our work in this space, we are providing an updated report that looks at the most recent representation of mental health across 100 top-grossing films in 2022.