When I was competing my Master's in Social Work, I had the opportunity to take a class on using film as a therapeutic tool when working with clients struggling with their mental health. Though you will often find me steering clients away from the media, or at least setting healthy boundaries around the onslaught of information we receive that is often alarming, false or distressing - I have come to appreciate the times when we see ourselves depicted in characters on the big (or little) screen. When mental heath struggles are presented in film and TV in a close enough to accurate manner they can help to normalize a person's experience, decrease the sense of isolation and misunderstanding the individual faces and also give friends and family members a glimpse into the minds of their loved one. Two of my favorites are the depiction of Schizophrenia in "A Beautiful Mind" and Anxiety in the quirky Australian TV series "Offspring" which can be viewed on netflix.

One of my all time favorite internet sites for mental health, The Mighty, put together this list of current shows that do justice to the mental health struggles their characters face. https://themighty.com/2017/10/good-portrayals-mental-illness-tv-shows/?utm_source=Mental+Health+Newsletter&utm_campaign=7fbdada46b-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2017_11_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_e7110e2ff4-7fbdada46b-213232149

Before engaging in some binge watching of an issue that hits close to home, please make sure the show will not be a trigger for you and that you have a relationship with a licensed mental health practitioner to help process what you watch if needed.

Enjoy!