Today I posted an article over at the American Psychological Association’s blog, Your Mind. Your Body. In it I write about the importance of portraying mental health issues, struggles and solutions in TV and movies. Check it out here.
Some of my favorite TV shows regularly integrate important topics in mental health including bullying, suicide, mental illness and family struggles. The folks over at Glee do a pretty good job (most of the time) accurately portraying mental illness and treatment. Gossip Girl, Hoarders, Parenthood, Monk and Friday Night Lights are other shows that include characters with psychiatric disorders.
Of course there are tons of movies whose main subject is mental illness. Check out this cool list on Wikipedia listing movies featuring mental illness organized by diagnosis. Silver Linings Playbook is just 1 of 14 movies listed in the Bipolar Disorder category.
If you want to learn more about some of the great work being done in TV and films, check out SAMHSA’s Voice Awards. Here’s a description:
Join the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) Voice Awards program in recognizing consumer/peer leaders and TV and film professionals who educate the public about the real experiences of people with behavioral health problems. Through their work and personal stories of resilience, both groups of leaders demonstrate that people can and do recover from mental health and substance use disorders and lead full and meaningful lives in their communities.