We asked you, our followers, if you’d ever seen any TV shows or movies that addressed mental health and as usual you did not disappoint!

Below are the tv shows that you had mentioned and what you have to say about them.

If you find yourself having one of those days where you just want to stay in bed and spend the whole day binge watching relatable TV, these programmes may be worth considering!

Jessica Jones, PTSD
“The protagonist receives constant visions of her attacker and references how “he’s not out there” (as in free) but “he’s still in here” (as he’s stuck in her mind). Despite this however she doesn’t let it effect her, to varying degrees of success (alcohol seems to be her favoured medicine). This allows mainstream audiences to see how people with PTSD cope and what it’s like to have the condition.”
– Kieran Rogers
jessica jones

Scrubs, Various
“It handled a range of mental health problems and although it often made jokes there were also very serious moments where I feel mental health problems were portrayed in a really accurate way without overdramatising things like most shows do.”
– Jessica Natasha
scrubs

Eastenders, Bipolar & postpartum psychosis
“As much as I love the character Jean I cannot associate her behaviour with any mental illness I know of. When her daughter Stacey then became mentally ill I thought her performance was amazing and particularly liked how they explored the relationship between mother and daughter. It does annoy me though how characters in soaps are either ill or well. Rarely do we hear about about Ian Beale or Steve McDonalds mental health even though they both had breakdowns. In my experience, people with mental illness have good days and bad days forever. Very few are able to package it up in a nice little box and never see it again.”
– Toni Wallace

The A word, Autism
“It dealt with the highs, lows and struggles of having a child with autism.”
– Emily Hebdon

13 reasons why, aftermath of a teen suicide
“I watched it and enjoyed it. I think some aspects were handled well, others were not. (For example they didn’t explain depression and the reasoning behind some of Hannah’s behaviours that well). I would give it a watch, but I would suggest only watching it if you feel you are in a place where you can cope with it as there are some distressing scenes.”
– Chloe Sian Filbee
13 reasons why

My Mad Fat Diary, Various
“You can tell they worked closely with the author of the original books to fully understand how she was feeling. They weren’t afraid to show the true loneliness and darkness that can come from having mental health issues.”
– Becca Handley

Roseanne, Depression
“I always thought they depicted depression well through the character Darlene Conner.”
– Shannon Simons
rosanne

Mr Robot, Various
“It’s a realistic, interesting and creative way of showing what mental ill-health can be like from the perspective of someone with mental illness. Elliot- the character who suffers with mental illness- is brilliantly intelligent and extremely loyal and caring but he can also be delusional and tends to isolate himself. He receives therapy and is on medication however still struggles and turns to unconventional methods of managing his conditions. His story opens up so many avenues of conversation around mental health. And that’s only half the story!”
– Courtney Russell
mr robot

Takin’ over the asylum, Various
“Sensitively addresses a number of mental health issues, using a balance of drama and humour to convey its message.”
– Helen Elizabeth McGovern
takin over the asylum

Casualty, Various
“When I last watched it they handled a doctor being admitted to a psych ward incredibly well and sensitively, this was exactly what happened to me!”
– Francis Coleman-Williams

Skins, Various
“They showed a lot of different types of mental health issues like Effy’s mental breakdown and Cassie’s Anorexia.”
– Laura Anne Bodily
skins

Stephen Fry: The Secret Life Of The Manic Depressive, Bipolar
“I find this extremely important in ongoing efforts to destigmatize mental illnesses.”
– Violetta Chinaski

Being Erica, Depression
“Amazing take on therapy”
– Neil Campbell

Man Up!, Various
“One of the best I’ve seen! I think that it addresses the issues perfectly, gives me hope that we are moving in the right direction.”
– Daniel Carstairs

15. Bates Motel, DID
“Absolutely fantastic acting with Freddy Highmore portraying mentally ill Norman Bates.”
– Maureen Allison

*some comments have been edited for clarity and/or length purposes

We asked you, our followers, if you’d ever seen any TV shows or movies that addressed mental health and as usual you did not disappoint!

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Below are the tv shows that you had mentioned and what you have to say about them.

If you find yourself having one of those days where you just want to stay in bed and spend the whole day binge watching relatable TV, these programmes may be worth considering!

Jessica Jones, PTSD
“The protagonist receives constant visions of her attacker and references how “he’s not out there” (as in free) but “he’s still in here” (as he’s stuck in her mind). Despite this however she doesn’t let it effect her, to varying degrees of success (alcohol seems to be her favoured medicine). This allows mainstream audiences to see how people with PTSD cope and what it’s like to have the condition.”
– Kieran Rogers
jessica jones

Scrubs, Various
“It handled a range of mental health problems and although it often made jokes there were also very serious moments where I feel mental health problems were portrayed in a really accurate way without overdramatising things like most shows do.”
– Jessica Natasha
scrubs

Eastenders, Bipolar & postpartum psychosis
“As much as I love the character Jean I cannot associate her behaviour with any mental illness I know of. When her daughter Stacey then became mentally ill I thought her performance was amazing and particularly liked how they explored the relationship between mother and daughter. It does annoy me though how characters in soaps are either ill or well. Rarely do we hear about about Ian Beale or Steve McDonalds mental health even though they both had breakdowns. In my experience, people with mental illness have good days and bad days forever. Very few are able to package it up in a nice little box and never see it again.”
– Toni Wallace

The A word, Autism
“It dealt with the highs, lows and struggles of having a child with autism.”
– Emily Hebdon

13 reasons why, aftermath of a teen suicide
“I watched it and enjoyed it. I think some aspects were handled well, others were not. (For example they didn’t explain depression and the reasoning behind some of Hannah’s behaviours that well). I would give it a watch, but I would suggest only watching it if you feel you are in a place where you can cope with it as there are some distressing scenes.”
– Chloe Sian Filbee
13 reasons why

My Mad Fat Diary, Various
“You can tell they worked closely with the author of the original books to fully understand how she was feeling. They weren’t afraid to show the true loneliness and darkness that can come from having mental health issues.”
– Becca Handley

Roseanne, Depression
“I always thought they depicted depression well through the character Darlene Conner.”
– Shannon Simons
rosanne

Mr Robot, Various
“It’s a realistic, interesting and creative way of showing what mental ill-health can be like from the perspective of someone with mental illness. Elliot- the character who suffers with mental illness- is brilliantly intelligent and extremely loyal and caring but he can also be delusional and tends to isolate himself. He receives therapy and is on medication however still struggles and turns to unconventional methods of managing his conditions. His story opens up so many avenues of conversation around mental health. And that’s only half the story!”
– Courtney Russell
mr robot

Takin’ over the asylum, Various
“Sensitively addresses a number of mental health issues, using a balance of drama and humour to convey its message.”
– Helen Elizabeth McGovern
takin over the asylum

Casualty, Various
“When I last watched it they handled a doctor being admitted to a psych ward incredibly well and sensitively, this was exactly what happened to me!”
– Francis Coleman-Williams

Skins, Various
“They showed a lot of different types of mental health issues like Effy’s mental breakdown and Cassie’s Anorexia.”
– Laura Anne Bodily
skins

Stephen Fry: The Secret Life Of The Manic Depressive, Bipolar
“I find this extremely important in ongoing efforts to destigmatize mental illnesses.”
– Violetta Chinaski

Being Erica, Depression
“Amazing take on therapy”
– Neil Campbell

Man Up!, Various
“One of the best I’ve seen! I think that it addresses the issues perfectly, gives me hope that we are moving in the right direction.”
– Daniel Carstairs

15. Bates Motel, DID
“Absolutely fantastic acting with Freddy Highmore portraying mentally ill Norman Bates.”
– Maureen Allison

*some comments have been edited for clarity and/or length purposes


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