So in honor of my love for the motion pictures, I decided to do a post on some of my favorites about mental health.
There is an abundance of them out. Some are better than others. We all know that there is going to be some Hollywood hype surrounding the actual affliction, and I try to stay away from those. I enjoy the movies about mental health that are closer to what really happens. What people really go through. The movies I can relate to on some sort of level.
I hope you get a chance to watch some of these awesome movies!
Girl, Interrupted - A girl is sent to a mental hospital after being diagnosed with borderline-personality disorder. While there, she meets a girl who pushes her to rebel against the system. Even to the point of complete destruction. It's her acceptance of herself that finally sets her free from her illness. This is my favorite movie (almost) ever! It's done amazingly and has a fantastic cast. This is a must see movie in my opinion.
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest - A story about a man who isn't crazy who ends up in an asylum to escape jail time. He meets a whole gang of men who are suffering from all sorts of mental health issues. Over the course of his stay, he realizes that you can't judge a book by it's cover and sets out to help them all escape the "crazy" hiding inside themselves. The only thing standing in his way? Nurse Ratched and the high horse she's riding.
Silver Linings Playbook - A modern tale of how two people struggling with their own mental health issues fall in love. It's a wonderful movie about learning to accept yourself as you are. It embraces the imperfectness in life and in love. This is a movie that I recommend to everyone I know, and not because it's a movie about mental health. It's just a damn good movie.
Prozac Nation - Based on a true story, Prozac Nation is about a teenager who struggles with depression while in college. It's a bear-it-all story that doesn't buff the sharp edges. I enjoyed this movie immensely because of it's raw and unfiltered nature. I also related to many of the situations that took place in the movie. Definitely a movie that has heart, soul, and dirt on it's knees.