The rise in mental health reporting


Figure 2. Rise in the number of news articles referencing mental health in each of the top four national newspapers. The red lines represent the average number of articles published per year that contained the phrases “mental illness” or “mentally ill” between 1990 and 2022. The blue lines represent the average number of articles per year containing the phrases “mental health issue,” “mental health issues,” “mental health problem,” “mental health problems,” or “mental health crisis” between 1990 and 2022. The database used to search The New York Times was Gale Academic OneFile; Factiva was used to search the Wall Street Journal and Washington Post; USA Today was searched using Newsbank Access World News Research Collection.


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