Mental health and the death of the “headclutcher” picture
A campaign backed by Stephen Fry has been launched to try to change the type of images used by the media for stories about mental health. But what is wrong with the ones currently used?
A solitary figure, with their head in their hands, more often than not cast in dark, sombre lighting. These stock images, often termed the “headclutcher”, have become a familiar sight in media portrayals of mental illness.