'What About Bob?' was a much more subversive movie than what studios were typically churning out at the time. And while it's 1993's 'Groundhog Day' that's been endlessly analyzed, this Bill Murray film from two years earlier holds up nearly as well.
For me, Anthony Bourdain wasn’t a celebrity, but more of an elder statesman of a cosmopolitan tribe made up by my fellow travel and culture journalists. He was much loved because we saw ourselves in him and in his heroism we recognized our own.
From race to homosexuality and mental health, there has been an evolution of themes in hip-hop over the last couple of decades and a push from mainstream artists to end the associated stigma. A rapper no longer has to be black in order to be considered authentic (or good).
HBO's smash-hit series 'Euphoria' doesn't pull any punches in its approach to our youth's struggles with mental health, abuse, and drug usage. But does its explicitness actually trigger more people than it helps.
Louise Brix Anderson's sci-fi short film, 'The Pill', adds value to the conversation of the invisible struggle by tackling complex social and ethical issues surrounding suicide and mental health, all while being impressively crafted remotely.
The recent losses of celebrated icons serve as a reminder and a wake up call for us to stop demonizing and downplaying mental illness, and let it be a reminder to keep the conversation going and challenging the stigma by any means necessary.