Mental Health Awareness Day: 10 Must See Films

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It’s October 10th – Mental Health Awareness Day  – and I wanted to share a ten of my favorite film and television works that cover mental health. The films aren’t just entertaining they’re visually captivating as well. The stories cover various forms of mental illness and provide a window into some of the challenges that come with those illnesses. Below I’ve included a link to a preview of each film so that you will be able to gain more insight. I hope you find at least one film out of this short stack that you can enjoy.


“We will never get back the life we waste trying to be normal.” – ATTICUS 










Shutter Island 

Directed by Martin Scorsese

Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio 







A Beautiful Mind 

Directed by Ron Howard

Starring: Russell Crowe, ED Harris, and Jennifer Connelly 








Girl Interrupted 

Directed by James Mangold

Starring: Winona Ryder and Angelina Jolie 








Charlie Bartlett

Directed by Jon Poll

Starring: Anton Yelchin 


Directed by Alfred Hitchcock

Starring: Anthony Perkins and Vera Miles 


One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest 

Directed by Milos Forman

Starring: Jack Nicholson 


A Streetcar Named Desire 

Directed by Elia Kazan

Starring: Marlon Brando and Viven Leigh 



Directed by Martin Scorsese

Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio 

Secret Window 

Directed by David Koepp

Starring: Johnny Depp 


Sybil ( 1976)

Directed by Daniel Petrie

Starring: Sally Field 

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