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Best Films To Watch About Mental Health

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Mental health impacts millions of people around the world; whether big or small, it is a part of each person’s wellbeing and therefore requires a lot of attention and understanding. While reading, researching, and talking about mental health is very good, there are many films out there that portray mental health struggles really well, which is why I will recommend the best films to watch about mental health related struggles. If this interests you then read on and start adding on to your watch list!

Silver Linings Playbook

“Pat, who is sent to a mental health facility after brutally attacking his wife’s lover, walks out of the centre after eight months and meets Tiffany in a bid to mend ways with his wife.”

Ordinary People

“Calvin and Beth are devastated by the death of their older son. When their younger son, Conrad, attempts suicide, they attempt to rebuild their lives.”

Melancholia

“The lives of sisters Justine and Claire get entangled when they discover that Earth is about to collide with an enormous planet called Melancholia.”

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

“Charlie, a 15-year-old introvert, enters high school and is nervous about his new life. When he befriends his seniors, he learns to cope with his friend’s suicide and his tumultuous past.”

Inside Out

“Eleven-year-old Riley moves to San Francisco, leaving behind her life in Minnesota. She and her five core emotions, Fear, Anger, Joy, Disgust and Sadness, struggle to cope with her new life.”

Gaslight

“After the death of her famous opera-singing aunt, Paula is sent to study in Italy to become a great opera singer as well. While there, she falls in love with the charming Gregory Anton. The two return to London, and Paula begins to notice strange goings-on: missing pictures, strange footsteps in the night and gaslights that dim without being touched. As she fights to retain her sanity, her new husband’s intentions come into question.”

What’s Eating Gilbert Grape

“Gilbert is caught between his love for Becky and his responsibilities towards Arnie, his brother who has an intellectual disability, and Bonnie, his morbidly-obese mother.”

Lars and the Real Girl

“Lars, a delusional young man who is socially-awkward, forges an unconventional relationship with a doll he finds on the Internet.”

Fight Club

“Unhappy with his capitalistic lifestyle, a white-collared insomniac forms an underground fight club with Tyler, a careless soap salesman. Soon, their venture spirals down into something sinister.”

Girl, Interrupted

“A directionless teenager, Susanna, is rushed to Claymoore, a mental institution, after a supposed suicide attempt. There, she befriends a group of troubled women who deeply influence her life.”