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21 Female TV Characters Battling Mental Health

Thanks to some complex portrayals by some amazing actresses — and let’s not forget stellar writing by series scribes — television is changing how mental health issues are seen. It’s been a taboo topic for far too long, something many don’t want to talk about, whether they’re struggling with it or have a loved one who is. But thanks to these characters, the stigma surrounding mental illness is slowly, but surely, starting to dissipate.

WARNING: This post mentions suicide. Reader discretion is advised, and if you are in need of help, you are not alone. You can call 1-833-456-4566 toll free, or text 45645, to reach Crisis Service Canada. The Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention also has a directory of support services online. If you are in need of mental health support, Wellness Together Canada is another good place to start. Or, for immediate crisis support, text WELLNESS to 741741.

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