A serious binge on these mental health-related movies

Reports around this time last year suggested that the rate of depression in South Africa is growing rather rapidly, particularly in men.

The month of July is known as a Psychosocial Disability Awareness Month and according to SA Federation For Mental Health, psychosocial disability is a point where a mental illness ‘becomes pervasive and interferes in a person’s functioning.’

And while platforms like The South African Depression and Anxiety Group are available, stigmas attached to mental illnesses are still existing and more often than not, result in people who suffer from any type of mental illness unlikely to seek help.

Part of the major problem is lack of education around mental illnesses. But at least the film industry continues to task itself  with bringing these topics to the forefront even though not always accurately and as in-depth as needed.

Here’s a list of GQ HQ certified film relating to mental health:

13 Reasons Why

This controversial series is told through a story of a high scholar who took her own life and left tapes documenting everybody who contributed to her depression and ultimate suicide.

To the Bone

Starring Keanu Reeves, Lilly Collins and Carrie Preston. This Netflix original follows the life of a 20-year-old who suffers from Anorexia Nervosa and how she navigates life and her journey to self-discovery.


Vinessa Shaw is a psychiatrist who suffered a trauma of her own when a patient attacked her. She is trying to move past this ordeal but sessions with a new patient who went through similar incident, brings about horrific flashback from her own attack.

The Glass Castle  

Although it didn’t really receive pretty reviews, the film is adaptation of Jeannette Walls’ memoir of the same name is translated on screen by Brie Larson, Naomi Watts and Woody Harrelson. Together they tell an emotionally punching story of a dysfunctional family of six, parents and four kids. The alcoholic father sufferers from paranoia albeit probably bipolar and the mother is terrifyingly passive, the kids have to find a way to live and lead successful lives through all this pain.

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