3 Movies About Mental Health That Everyone Should Watch

by | October 8, 2020, 12:04 IST

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Over the course of life, we are all subjugated to ups and downs, highs and lows, good times and bad times. While its effects on physical health can be measured visibly, we often forget to look at our mental health. Every day should be a reminder that your feelings matter. In our journey to achieving materialistic goals, little do we sit back and prioritise our self-affirmations. Even though being ambitious is important, what good is it if it comes at the cost of your mental health?

With millennials turning towards movies and theatre to gain inspiration, it is essential to recognise the power films have to educate and broaden our perspectives. They provide a door unravelling various mental health journeys and address the importance of mental health awareness. Therefore, here are three films that address mental health in thought-provoking ways and can be watched by people of all ages.
Inside Out (2015)
Inside Out (2015)
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Education begins early, and what better than an animated film to study mental health from a different and modern context. By personifying the different emotions, Joy, Sadness, Anger, Fear and Disgust, inside a young girl’s mind, this quirky animation conveys a wonderful perspective on the importance of expressing all your emotions. It also tells us how putting on a brave face when we really are hurting inside, can only lead to unintended pressure and worry.

One of Pixar’s best movies Inside Out is riddled with imagination, is clever, creative, and beautifully animated. Moreover, the story brings out themes of friendship, acceptance, and sentiments which are all vital to navigating the powerful emotions we experience while growing up. A light-hearted, engaging, and insightful watch, Inside Out is an ideal movie to view to gain an understanding of the importance of general mental health.
Rain Man (1988)
Rain Man
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Possibly the best thing that happened to autism, Rain Man is a classic movie that follows the narrative of two brothers, Charlie, and Raymond. It begins when Charlie discovers he has an older brother, Raymond; an institutionalised autistic savant who has inherited all of their father’s $3M fortune. To try to gain this inheritance, Charlie checks Raymond out of the psychiatric hospital and takes him back to LA with him. As the pair embark on their road trip, a journey of learning about disabilities, about each other, and mental health follows.

As the film progresses, we follow the ups and downs of Raymond's relationship with Charlie and with the world at large. We begin to question the definition of success and normality itself, and by portraying mental health institutions without sugar-coating them, we are left with an unforgettable emotional experience. All in all, Rain Man is a quiet, uplifting, and an understated gem of a film, that richly exhibits a great awareness of mental health.
A Beautiful Mind (2001)
A Beautiful Mind
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Inspired by the life of John Forbes Nash Jr. and the biography A Beautiful Mind by Sylvia Nasar, the film highlights the journey of a mathematical savant living with Schizophrenia. It’s a powerful film that captures the challenges faced by a schizophrenic person, including moments of paranoia and delusions that slowly succumb his career, and his life.

Such is the magic of the film that the audience can live Nash’s hallucinations with him, which feel as real to the viewers as they did to him. By portraying both Nash’s genius and his progressive mental illness in a compelling, enlightening, and cinematic terms, the movie conveys heart-warming as well as heart-wrenching moments of triumph over adversity.

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