Psychiatry Tech presents Future Of Mental Health Kristen Dunphy, Creator of the Showtime Series ‘Wakefield,’ on Psychiatric Hospitals

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In Wakefield, Kristen channeled her experience with mental illness into an art form to try to help reverse the stigma around mental health. Psychiatric hospitals are not typically portrayed in true fashion on TV, but are heavily stereotyped – which is part of the problem. Kristen is passionate about the concept of where is the line between mental health and living with untreated mental health symptoms, and exploring that in an entertaining and darkly comedic way.

Kristen also took a big risk to bring Wakefield to the small screen. She realized to get the project financed, she would need to reveal the authenticity behind its creation, but she felt exposing her experience of being hospitalized could potentially ruin her career. However, Kristen felt that it was worth the risk to help fight mental health stigma and help others with mental health issues.


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