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Mental Health Awareness in the Media

In recent years, there has been a growing recognition of the importance of discussing mental health openly and portraying accurate representations in the media. Films have played a significant role in this dialogue, offering powerful narratives that shed light on various mental health challenges. These movies not only entertain but also educate, providing audiences with insights into the complexities of mental illnesses such as bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, depression, and borderline personality disorder. By showcasing characters who navigate these struggles with resilience, seeking support, and advocating for destigmatization, these films contribute to a broader conversation aimed at promoting understanding, empathy, and improved mental health awareness.

“Silver Linings Playbook” (2012) – This film delves into the challenges of bipolar disorder and highlights the importance of finding support and connection in navigating mental health struggles.

“Silver Linings Playbook” (2012.” https://scriptmag.com/features/storytelling-strategies-the-puzzle-in-silver-linings-playbook

“A Beautiful Mind” (2001) – Based on a true story, this movie portrays the life of John Nash, a brilliant mathematician dealing with schizophrenia. It emphasizes the complexities of living with a severe mental illness and the power of perseverance.

“A Beautiful Mind” (2001). imdb.com

“Girl, Interrupted” (1999) – Through the eyes of a young woman struggling with borderline personality disorder, this film explores the stigma associated with mental health disorders and the journey towards self-acceptance and recovery.

“Girl, Interrupted.”(1999). https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0172493/mediaviewer/rm3190986752/

“The Perks of Being a Wallflower” (2012) – Addressing issues like depression, trauma, and adolescence, this movie underscores the importance of empathy, friendship, and seeking help when dealing with mental health challenges.

“The Perks of Being a Wallflower.” (2012). amazon.com

“Inside Out” (2015) – Although an animated film, “Inside Out” beautifully illustrates the complexities of emotions and mental well-being, especially in children. It encourages conversations about emotional intelligence and mental health from a young age.

“Inside Out.” (2015). movies.disney.com

It’s crucial to have conversations about mental health because it helps break down stigma and encourages people to seek help without fear of judgment. Accurate representations in the media are vital as they educate and create empathy, fostering a more understanding and supportive society. Destigmatizing mental health ultimately promotes inclusivity, acceptance, and improved access to mental health resources and support.

Lily Dolliff is a recent grad from the Kelley School of Business, and she looks forward to soon starting her career in Chicago! She has been working at Media Services for 2 years and has really enjoyed her time here.


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