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Dear Evan Hansen: What it Gets Right and Wrong About Mental Illness

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Mental illness has long been a topic of movies and as was mentioned last week, TV shows. This week another film can be added to the list of movies using mental illness as a theme, Dear Evan Hansen. This is the film version of the Tony Award Winning musical of the same name.

The basic storyline of the film/musical is that Evan Hansen (played by Ben Platt who was the first to play the role on Broadway) is a teenager suffering from social anxiety disorder and his therapist has asked to write letters to himself to boost his self-esteem. One day while writing one on a computer in the school library he accidentally presses print and it’s discovered by Connor, a student who is also suffering from his own mental health battles who takes the letter moments after signing Evan’s cast to prove that they both have friends. A few days later Connor kills himself and his parents find the letter and believe that Connor and Evan were friends, and that Connor was the one who wrote the letter for Evan as a final note. Evan decides to go along with this assumption and even embellishes it to make it seem like they were best friends. Evan finds the love and acceptance he’s always wanted but it’s built on a lie.

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Mental Illness Representation in TV

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Recently mental illness has been having a moment in TV shows, people are finding that by introducing characters with a mental illness can lead to conversations surrounding having a mental illness which helps reduce the stigma with it. But can it do more harm than good when it comes to reducing the stigma with mental illness and can it lead to harmful stereotypes?

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Understanding Self-Harm

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When we think of self-harm, we think of scars up and down someone’s arms, people wearing long sleeves even in the middle of Summer and someone who is visibly depressed and moody. Self-harm isn’t a mental illness, but it can be a side effect. A person with a mental illness is more likely to self-harm than those who don’t have a mental illness, but someone may still choose to do self-harm if they have experienced trauma, abuse or a major negative life event.

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