November 4, 2015 | Mental Illness in Film: Comforting or Triggering? | Olivia Falk
When you're struggling with a mental illness, it can seem impossible to find comfort. Things like music, film, sports, and other things we used to enjoy can become uninteresting or even anxiety-provoking. In my experience, I found the most comfort in movies that I could relate to in my emotional turmoil. Seeing portrayals of mental illness, especially accurate ones, comforted me because I not only felt less alone, but felt less ashamed. If world-renowned actors and directors are committed to telling the story of those with mental illness, then having one must not be so unusual or shameful.
However, it can be difficult to find films that accurately portray mental illness due to stigma, stereotypes, and scenes that can trigger a negative emotional reaction rather than a comforting one. Movies such as “Girl Interrupted”, “The Virgin Suicides” and one my favorite independent films, “Short Term 12”, are incisive, but also contain graphic scenes of self-harm. So how does a film walk the fine line between being authentic and being triggering?
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