Dieter Declercq on media and mental health during isolation

Dr Dieter Declercq

Dr Dieter Declercq, Lecturer in Film and Media Studies in the School of Arts, has written about what mental health benefits can be provided by media during self-isolation.

In the piece, Dieter comments on how people have turned to media as a resource to cope with isolation, and argues that entertainment media can help to keep your mind active.

‘The NHS recommends that we should “not stay glued to the news”, which means we need diversion’, Dieter writes. ‘Entertainment media are often similarly dismissed as ‘mere escapism’, which distract from the serious business of life. Yet, when the serious business of life is seriously worrying, we need some distraction to maintain our mental wellbeing’.

Read the full piece on the Kent news page here: