Hollywood steps up for mental health awareness

Silver Linings Playbook

In the past few years, Hollywood has finally come forward to break stereotypes for mental illness. A recent panel assembled by the Child Mind Institute made it clear how far Tinsel Town has come.

Films like the Silver Linings Playbook, directed by David O. Russell who's son struggles with a mental illness that served as the inspiration for the film's direction, have not only won box office acclaim, but have changed how people perceive mental illness. Playbook is not alone, with Parenthood's Jason Katims using his experience as father to a son with Asperger's Syndrome and Brian Grazer, whose son was diagnosed at age 3 with Asperger's, appeared to talk with the panel about their experiences and how it's affected their work. Grazer produced the highly acclaimed and turning-point film A Beautiful Mind.

Even Netflix, known mainly for streaming films, but which has recently begun producing its own content, has included mental health issues in storylines for series like Derek and Orange Is the New Black.

The panel was told that the goal many in Hollywood now have is to destigmatize mental disability and bring it to the forefront of conversation in healthcare.


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