MENTAL HEALTH ON THE BIG SCREEN PT 2

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 movies that you had mentioned and what you have to say about them.

Perfect for spending the day chilling out and watching movies to make you laugh, cry and excited for sequels!

 Melancholia, depression
“The part where she eats her food and it tastes like ashes and the bath scene both made me cry because that’s exactly what it’s like for me. I found Kirsten Dunst’s character heartbreaking because of the accuracy.” -Our-Rach Stodders

The Babadook, depression
“No idea if it’s a fair representation of what others experience but it captures uncertainty, fear and the frustration and isolation of not being listened to and tells a compelling story.” -Jamie Kachelle

Waking Madison, multiple personality disorder
“My friend had Dissociative identity disorder, formally known as multiple personality disorder, and when we watched the film she could relate to almost everything including all the alter personality ‘roles’ within her ‘family’ of personalities. It’s a shame that it’s really hard to get a hold of now yet it’s only a few years old.” -Jessica Jen

Don’t say a word, various
“It showed how building connections can help uncover buried trauma which leads to mental health issues.” -Karen Edwards

It’s kind of a funny story, depression
“Great take on modern day psychiatry. It was sad, funny and emotional.” -Cara Lynch

Perks of being a wallflower, depression
“I still find it mesmerising how it is portrayed. The mental fraying of Logan Lerman’s character is obvious from the start. Then toward the end of the film there’s a complete breakdown. I cry every time i watch it.” -Paul Munnerley

A long way down, suicide
“I felt it dealt really well with why someone would want to commit suicide as well as the understanding that some people don’t even know why themselves but that they just feel it is their only escape. Also how it showed that people in similar situations/mindsets etc should be able to work together and encourage each other to find a reason to live.” -Alice Bancroft

Inside out, various
“When her control panel goes grey and none of the emotions can control her I think it portrays not being able to feel anything when depressed.” -Lucy Sharpe
“I think it’s so valuable that it shows that being sad is okay (when Bing Bong is upset and Joy says “just be happy!” but sadness comforts him.” -Katie Cowan

Prozac Nation, Various
“Portrays a woman who struggles with borderline personality disorder and depression and those are diagnoses that have been following me through my entire life. Considering the fact it is based on an autobiographical book, I think the directors, writers and actors did a pretty good job when dealing with the disorders that are not easy to describe on the screen.” -Violeta Chinaski

Perfect body, eating disorders
“It addresses bulimia and anorexia nervosa in a sympathetic way. I watched this literally months prior to my own diagnosis of anorexia and still couldn’t make the connection with how the protagonist was behaving to my own symptoms; it was only once I had accepted the diagnosis that I could watch the film again and connect what I was seeing with my life. I use it to remind me of how uncomfortable/painful an eating disorder is and how much I don’t want to go back there.” -Rachael Spellman

A beautiful mind, various
“It’s an accurate portrayal of paranoid schizophrenia and shows that having a brilliant mind and mental illness are not mutually exclusive. It also shows you can continue to work even when you have a severe mental health diagnosis. Plus it’s based on a true story!” -Frances Coleman-Williams

Girl, interrupted, various
“It felt real, like watching a group of friends I could relate to, at a time when I didn’t have many people I could actually relate to.” -Anna Campus

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The shack, depression
“Dealt best for me with that ongoing question of why does God allow suffering and portrayed a really good spiritual recovery that although fictitious had lots to say to me about the journey through undeserved grief.” -Caroline Middleton


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