Best Mental Health Depictions in Oscar-Nominated Films


Best Mental Health Depictions in Oscar-Nominated Films

With the Oscar’s premiering this Sunday, we thought we’d stray from the usual “predictions” and have a little fun in the realm of psychology.

In today’s episode of the Shrink Tank Podcast, our mental health experts spotlight Oscar-nominated films and performances that embody a mental health issue or psychological concept.

Tune in to hear who took home the awards for Best Depiction of Mental Illness, Most Resilient Character, Best Picture of a Growth Mindset, Most Psychologically Complex Character, and Most Interesting Relationship.

Our picks will be chosen from either a Best Picture nominated film or a nominated acting performance…

Listen to ‘Best Mental Health Depictions in Oscar-Nominated Films’ here, or anywhere you listen to podcasts.


Being Human

Every week our panel of Shrinks breaks down trending topics of psychology in the news that we call Being Human.

Since we’re going to be taking a look at the upcoming Oscars through the lens of psychology, we wanted to talk about mental health on-screen. 

As we know, millions of people struggle with depression, anxiety, and other mental health issues — just not on the big screen or on television.

According to a study published on Variety, 6% percent of film characters and 25% of TV characters with a mental health condition exhibited violent or aggressive behavior, something that experts say is divorced from reality. 

The report looked at how shows and movies depict suicidal characters, finding that there were 13 instances of suicide or suicidal attempts in the films they examined and six on television.

The study also found that most characters with mental health conditions were straight, white, adult males, and few figures were from different racial or ethnic backgrounds.

You can read the study that inspired our discussion here.


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