5 TV Shows That Get Mental Health Right

Wednesday, 10 October 2018


In-case you didn't know, it's World Mental Health Day and I thought I'd do another one of my lovely rambles for you (lucky you!) and share with you some of my favourite TV shows that portray mental health soooo well. There are so many shows and films out there that don't represent mental health struggles that normal people face everyday and whilst this isn't always a bad thing, sometimes having that representation can be incredible for audiences to see and relate to.

Crazy-Ex Girlfriend (Netflix)
This show is spectacular. Uplifting, wild and so much fun this TV show is a musical that features lead character Rebecca who has given up her job as a lawyer in New York to move to California where her ex-boyfriend and childhood sweetheart has moved. Rebecca faces so many struggles and reacts in such a relateable way. She is a normal person seeking happiness and is presented so well: the way she interacts with others, the way she chooses to react to situations is not only relateable but subtly (and sometimes not-so-subtly) presents mental health struggles so well!
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Atypical (Netflix)
The lead character Sam is autistic and many scenes of this wonderful, heartfelt show are set in his therapists office. I understand that autism is NOT a mental health struggle, but the show features around Sam, his family and the people in his life and what I love is that his autism (although is a huge factor) is not the main focus of the show, it's about the effects of it and the reactions of the people around him. The autism itself leads to many other mental health struggles, yet is done in a way that somehow you feel so uplifted and just...happy!!
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RuPauls Drag Race (Netflix + Others)
When you think about RuPauls Drag Race, most people think of shade, snatched eyebrows and a whole lot of tea being spilled. But underneath all of the hilarious clap-backs and amazing runway looks, this one-of-a-kind show presents so many struggles related to mental health, relationships and growing up that just aren't presented in the same way in any other show. These queens stories are so beautiful and real and the way they uplift one another and support each other even in competition, is so wonderful to see.
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Keeping Up With The Kardashians (E)
Okayyyyyy don't roll your eyes!! Yes, many people have a lot of beef with this famous family but a few months ago I watched that heart-wrenching episode where Kim discussed her kidnapping in Paris. This episode not only made me cryyyyy (a lot) but made me realise that this family is a family of real people who build and break relationships and (might now always be the most relateable) but do present struggles that a lot of us face.
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Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Netflix)
Yes, this show is completely wacky and completely wild but the characters are so loveable and the way each one faces their fears and comes out the other side so much stronger and happier is amazing. The show presents a message of trying to be happy even when you feel like giving up and being who you truly are no matter the circumstances.
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The Perks Of Being A Wallflower
Okay so I know this isn't a TV show and shouldn't really be on this list but I've said it before and I will say it a million times over, this book and this film presents mental health, friendship and romance in the most poetic, delicate, beautiful and realistic way I have ever seen. I will never fault anything to do with this book or film and yeh - go watch/read it because its amazing.
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And there you goooooooo! Those are my favourite shows that present mental health in SUCH a good way! I'm so happy that mental health is being talked about so much more than it used to be and that there is such a better representation of it in the media!! What shows/books/films do you think present mental health struggles and get it right? What's your favourite show to watch right now? If you could meet an actor from your favourite show who would it be?
I also hear that the follow shows also do an incredibly job of portraying mental health:
Jessica Jones
This Is Us

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  1. I binged the first season of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt last summer with my brothers and we all loved it so much. It's definitely wacky and wild haha. My family and I also watched This Is Us together! That show definitely hit me in the feels. We binged the first season and at the time, that was the only season out. I still haven't watched the rest of the series! I've watched Jessica Jones and Shameless myself. I remember thinking Jessica Jones was a badass. I binged the first season and it was the only season out at the time, and I also haven't watched the rest of this series either. I started Shameless and was so intrigued by all the imperfect characters, and through all their hardships, they're always there for each other. I've also watched a few episodes from Keeping Up with the Kardashians, though I'd never admit that to my friends!! My friend recently started watching Atypical but I haven't tried it out myself. A show I'm watching right now is Supernatural. I was pretty into the show a few years ago and got through a few seasons before stopping. Now I'm starting back from the first season. I think the Halloween spirit is getting to me haha -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey's

    1. Ohhhh that all sounds amazing thank you so much for the amazing comment Audrey - I always love reading your lovely comments so much! I can't wait for Halloween too :) x

  2. Great post idea! I really love Perks of Being of a Wallflower, it was a lovely watch :)

    Anika | anikamay.co.uk

    1. Aw I completely agree Anika thank you so much :) x

  3. I will have to watch some of these, Grace. We actually just cut the cord, so we haven't been watching much tv.

  4. I haven't seen most of these but I'll have to give them a watch! I think it's so great that mental health is starting to be represented better in TV shows and movies.

    x Kara | http://karascloset.net

  5. I absolutely LOVE The Perks Of Being A Wallflower !! And also the book! But for once the movie really seemed to capture such a lot about it and afjdslad. I am so happy it exists. Although I mean I SAY happy but it actually made me cry.😂

    (Also I hate being the awkward one...but autism is absolutely not a mental illness. Eep. It's not an illness and autistic people are not sick.😬Sorry for being annoying saying that but it's a crucial distinction for we autistics.)

    1. Me too - Perks Of Being A Wallflower is so incredible and more people need to know about it! I'm also so sorry about the confusion, I've edited the post to make it more clear for readers and I'm so sorry it didn't come across the way I had intended it to before! Thank you for the lovely comment as always Cait :) x

  6. I've actually seen a few of these and agree that they do represent struggles with mental health fairly well (at least the topics they tackle). Thanks for sharing. I'll be sure to check out some of the others.

    Kathrin | Polar Bear Style

    1. Aw thank you so much Hun, I hope you enjoy them as much as I did !! x

  7. It is always nice whenever media spreads mental health awareness properly. I haven't seen most of these shows before but gotta check them out! Well, I've definitely seen Keeping up with the Kardashians. A lot of drama happens but they're real things. Thanks for sharing!

    Nancy ♥ exquisitely.me

    1. I completely agreeee! Thank you so much for reading Nancy :)

  8. So great that so many shows cover this important topic!


  9. I love and watches all of these shows, except for that show about the Kardashians.

    xx Alyssa | STYLE VANITY

  10. My family binged "Atypical" recently. We are ADDICTED, big time. I loved all the characters in it (except Elsa - Elsa bugs me to no end) and wanted to give all of them a hug. "This Is Us" is excellent, too, and you should definitely watch it!

    1. Ohhhh I love Atypical so much!! Elsa is soo annoying but it's so good and I definitely want to give all the characters a big hug! Thank you so much for the lovely comment Hun :)

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  12. This is such a lovely post - I loved the positivity spread via social media on World Mental Health Day; so heartwarming to see :)

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    1. Aw I couldn't agree more Gabrielle thank you so much for the lovely comment :) x

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