Vogue Portugal has been criticised for one of its covers for the July/August issue that has been dubbed the “madness issue”.
The cover in question features a photograph of a woman crouched down in a bathtub with two nurses either side of her.
The image, shot by photographer Branislav Simoncik, has been accused of romanticising mental illness and has been likened to Sylvia Plath’s novel The Bell Jar and the 1999 film Girl Interrupted.
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Jo Loughran, director of Time to Change, the mental health anti-stigma campaign run by Mind and Rethink Mental Illness, told The Independent that the cover was “disappointing” and “outdated”.
“Today, in a time where there is arguably more awareness of mental health problems than ever before, it’s disappointing to see this outdated depiction of a psychiatric hospital – especially on the cover of such a high-profile magazine,” she said.
“Ultimately, misrepresentations such as this can make life even harder for people experiencing a mental health problem to speak out and seek support. Furthermore, we know that compounding negative attitudes towards mental health problems can lead to negative behaviours and discrimination.
“While it’s great to see that Vogue Portugal is trying to…
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