Think. feel. act.
Mental health is about how we think, feel and act. Just like physical health: everybody has it and we need to take care of it.
50% of mental health problems are established by age 14, but most cases are undetected and untreated.
75% of mental health problems are established by age 24.
70% of adolescents who experience mental health problems have not had appropriate interventions at a sufficiently early age
Globally, depression is one of the leading causes of illness and disability among adolescents.
Suicide is the third leading cause of death in 15-19-year-olds.
Not all depictions of mental health in the media are healthy. In fact, many TV shows and films have an alarmingly poor grasp on what it really means to have a mental illness and perpetuate harmful stereotypes that feed the stigmas attached to it.
We at Oakhill Productions, along with our Student Team, have sourced a selection of films, made by other like-minded filmmakers, that offer an honest portrayal of mental health issues.
Our aim is to make them more widely available to young adults, who may not have been aware of their existence. We hope these excellent short films start conversations about mental health and help to break down the stigma surrounding them.
It can be difficult to explain to someone how you feel or what you have experienced or suffered with, as we can all only experience the world through our own perspectives and within our own minds. Film and television have the power to act as a portal into the lives of characters that in reality, we may not take the time to get to know.
Watching films encourages emotional release, and this can have both a cathartic effect and could also make it easier for someone to become more comfortable expressing their own emotions. It’s important to see film depictions of mental health, both for those who may be unsure of why they feel a certain way or who don’t understand why what’s happening to them is occurring, and also for those who know someone experiencing these problems, and how to help and notice the signs of an issue, gaining insight to another person’s reality.
By understanding your mental health and arming yourself with the right tools to have constructive conversations with loved ones about it, you can support a more accurate understanding of mental illness in your household.
The consequences of not addressing adolescent mental health conditions extend to adulthood, impairing both physical and mental health, and limiting opportunities to lead fulfilling lives as adults.
We hope this series of powerful short films, selected by the Oakhill Productions student team, help keep the conversation going.