For some people, the holiday season can be difficult. The end of the year can exacerbate certain life stressors and uncover emotions we haven’t let ourselves fully experience throughout the year. According to a 2006 survey by the American Psychological Association, 44 percent of women and 31 percent of men reported an increase in stress around the holidays. So it’s important to have conversations surrounding mental health consistently during the holidays, and all year round. Staying abreast on stigmas, regulations, treatments, and other issues concerning mental health is essential. That’s why these 13 documentaries about mental healthare required viewing.
Warning: This article contains information about mental illness, addiction, and suicide, which some may find triggering.
There is still a stigma when it comes to talking about mental health issues, mainly because many people are misinformed, confused, or too embarrassed to talk about their struggles. And while there are still many hurdles to proper discussions, there are plenty of documentaries available that shine light on various mental health concerns in an array of communities. Covering fields including bipolar disorder, anorexia, and depression, these documentaries are a great way to open up dialogue with your friends and family members. Just be aware of your triggers, and take care not to expose yourself to any movie that will do more harm than good.