24 May 5 Documentaries About Mental Health on Netflix
Approximately 1 in 5 adults in the U.S.—43.7 million, or 18.6%—experiences mental illness in a given year. Considering these startling numbers, it’s vital to be educated on mental health, as it’s likely that you or your teen have/will experience a mental illness during either of your lifetimes. Understanding the degrees of mental illness helps to alleviate stigma and increase awareness of how you and your teen can both keep healthy.
If you’re looking for resources, check out these five documentaries on Netflix that discuss mental health issues from a variety of perspectives.
1. The Anonymous People
This documentary follow the story of people from all walks of life who come clean with their own stories about the shame and secrecy of recovery from addictions to alcohol and drugs.
2. Of Two Minds
This documentary weaves together the stories of several Americans living with bipolar disorder and explores their triumphant highs and despairing lows.
3. Neurons to Nirvana
This controversial documentary explores the history of five powerful psychedelic substances and their potential to treat a wide variety of ailments, from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) to cancer.
OC87: The Obsessive Compulsive, Major Depression, Bipolar, Asperger’s Movie, is a documentary that profiles Bud Clayman’s 30-year struggle to overcome his mental illnesses and fulfill his dream of becoming a filmmaker.
5. Lost Angels: Skid Row is My Home
This compelling documentary about skid row in Los Angeles finds both desperation and inspiration reflected in the area’s indigent population, highlighting their struggles with homelessness and mental health throughout.
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