Can Movies be Considered Medicine for Mental Health

I’m sure everyone has turned on a movie when they’re feeling down, but does that really help? Is Simon’s charm in Love, Simon the cure for all of my breakdowns? Or am I wasting my time? I feel like it is common to turn on your favorite movie when your mental health is bothering you. It brings us a sense of happiness or calmness when nothing else does. Although the question isn’t “Does it make us happy?”, but it’s more around the lines of “Does it help with our mental health?” I am sure we all know that it can’t cure mental health. Nothing can cure your mental health, but it can help you control it. There is plenty of medicine and therapy out there that you can use, but money isn’t always available to do so. Therefore, people turn to media, movies and more to get their minds off of the more depressing topics.

I will admit to turning to my favorite movies when I am upset, and I will try convincing myself that it is helping me. I actually believe that, but I am not sure that it is the most healthy way. When you turn your favorite movie on without feeling what emotions are upon you, you are suppressing your feelings. You are ignoring what is going on, and instead focusing on what is going on in the movie. When ignoring your feelings, you will find it very hard to get over it. You will constantly have those emotions tapping on your shoulder if you just push it away. It solves nothing. Only thing solved by watching your favorite movie is temporary numbness. Though it helps and can sometimes be the right choice, I believe there is a better way to go about. DO NOT ignore your feelings. Cry. Get angry. (At your pillow. Please do not beat up anyone.) Do what you need to do to get those emotions out. Afterwards, you can watch a movie when you’re upset. I have found this method very effective. You are able to get your mindset in a better place without ignoring your issues.

One of my favorite quotes about this topic is by the New York Best-Selling Author, John Green:

when you try to minimize your own pain you’re doing yourself a disservice. Don’t do that. The truth is that it hurts because it’s real. It hurts because it mattered. And that’s an important thing to acknowledge to yourself.

John Green

John Green is a wise man. this is such a tangent, but it is worth mentioning how smart that man is. You may see him as an author, but he is so much more than that. He has a youtube channel where he educates children on different school subjects. He also graduated in a high school about an hour away from me so that’s cool. Anyway, tangent is over.

Like Green said, DO NOT minimize your pain. It’s a toxic trait that many of us have. feel those emotions. Talk to people. Don’t close off everyone because you are sad! That is when you should open up. If you have no one to talk to, my email is noah.james.au@gmail.com .. Just let those emotions out before focusing on a full-length movie. After that, escape into the world of cinema as much as you can. If you have no idea what movie to watch, there will be a list below!!

Love, Simon

As many people pointed out, you do not have to be gay to relate to this movie! Everyone can relate to Nick Robinson’s character, Simon, in this movie! It is fun! It will fill your heart with joy! It is an all around good film to cheer you up, and I often find myself going back to it!

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

Everyone will tell you John Hughes’ best film is Breakfast Club, but Ferris Bueller’s Day Off will always be the better film in my opinion. The shenanigans in this film just brings a smile to my face!

RENT

This movie is SAD so you may be surprised to see it on the list. Although, sometimes you need a sad movie. It’s also a very friendship-centric film/musical that will make you cherish your friends. It still manages to make me feel all bubbly inside even during the heart-wrenching scenes!

Beauty and the Beast (1991)

Do I even have to explain why this film is on the list? The music always puts a smile on my face. This story is like lightning in a bottle. The music, the characters, and the comedy is like no other. I love the live action film, but I find myself watching this one more.

EMO the musical

DISCLAIMER: If you don’t like satire, this film is not for you. It is a satirical film about being emo in a high school full of judgmental Christians. All I know is I laugh so hard I cry watching this film. I’m still in my emo phase so I have a ball with this one. (I am kind of joking.) The musical is also disgustingly amazing so give it a shot if it seems like a film for you. It is on Netflix!

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I’m just a dood tryna figure myself out. I write about shows, movies, the LGBTQ+ community, Pop Culture, and my original fiction work!!

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  1. I agree that someone’s we turn to movies and books as a form escaping reality or minimizing our feelings, but sometimes movies can help us explore feelings or better articulate feelings we didn’t know we had! Inside Out will forever be one of those types of films for me.

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    • Agreed! Films can be great for that kind of thing. As long as we don’t use it to minimize our feelings and instead use them to express our feelings and sometimes, in addition to expressing our feelings, it’s perfectly fine!

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  2. I can really relate to this post. Before I read it I would have said yes, it’s definitely good to drown your sorrows in a film- I did that to get over a break up once!However I do get your point about suppressing feelings and that not being entirely healthy. I get it- acknowledge your emotions, get them out healthily and then indulge in something that soothes you. I like your advice. That John Green quote is also spot on!

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    • Thank you for the comment!! I used to always say turning to movies or shows is the best thing to do when you’re sad. But when I started writing this, I realized that’s not necessarily the best way to go about it!

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    • Those movies have helped me many times!! From panic attacks to just having a bad day, they make me smile!!! There is definitely many books and songs/artists that have helped me as well!! It’s amazing how much they can help. Thank you!! I love your content as well!! 🙂

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