16 Scenes From TV Shows That Actually Helped People With Their Mental Health
Featuring Big Mouth, BoJack Horseman, This Is Us, and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.
1. Big Mouth – When Jessi (Jessi Klein) was taken under the wing of Depression Kitty (Jean Smart), who explained what the experience was like.
2. One Day at a Time – When Penelope (Justina Machado) told Lydia (Rita Moreno) that she was going back on her anti-depressants and Lydia understood her.
3. This Is Us – When Toby (Chris Sullivan) had a breakdown and Kate (Chrissy Metz) tried to help.
4. BoJack Horseman – When we were able to hear BoJack’s constant negative thoughts to himself.
5. You’re the Worst – When Gretchen (Aya Cash) told her boyfriend Jimmy (Chris Geere) that she has had clinical depression all of her life.
6. The West Wing – When Leo (John Spencer) reached out to Josh (Bradley Whitford) after an incident that resulted in him having post-traumatic stress disorder.
7. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend – When the show, which had already received praise for its handling of mental health issues, covered Rebecca’s borderline personality disorder diagnosis.
8. Bodyguard – When after a series of intense and stressful situations, the praised hero David Budd (Richard Madden) was still advised to seek therapy and accepted.
9. Skam – When Isak’s (Tarjei Sandvik Moe) friends found out about Even (Henrik Holm) having bipolar disorder and went out of their way to accept and help him.
10. Maniac – When Owen (Jonah Hill) was diagnosed with schizophrenia and how the storyline then developed.
11. Hollyoaks – When Scott (Ross Adams), who had been considered only to be upbeat and extroverted by all the other characters, opened up about how he was really feeling.
12. Lady Dynamite – How the autobiographical show, starring Maria Bamford, weaved in many mental health issues and addressed their stigmas.
13. Please Like Me – When the storyline focused on Josh (Josh Thomas) and his mother Rose’s (Debra Lawrance) relationship when she went to receive treatment.
14. My Mad Fat Diary – How the drama starring Rae (Sharon Rooney) avoided the clichés surrounding mental health.
15. EastEnders – When Jean Slater (Gillian Wright), who has bipolar disorder, tried to encourage her daughter Stacey (Lacey Turner) to receive help when she was also diagnosed.
16. And finally, Doctor Who – When The Doctor (Matt Smith) pointed out to Amy (Karen Gillan) that the bad things in life don’t necessarily take away the good things.
If you need information and practical advice on depression, you can call the Rethink advice and information service on 0300 5000 927 (10am–4pm), if you’re in the UK.
The Depression Alliance, a charity for sufferers of depression, has a network of self-help groups.
You can call the Samaritans for confidential support if you’re experiencing feelings of distress or despair on 08457 90 90 90 (24-hour helpline). There's also great resources at Mind in regards to mental health.
And you can call the Crisis Call Center at 1-800-273-8255 at any time of the day if you’re based in the US.