TV Shows About Mental Health

Media plays a big role in our perception of mental health and wellness. These days, more shows than ever are trying to help audiences of all ages see how various people manage their mental health and potentially learn healthier attitudes and practices when it comes to their bodies and minds. These picks range from popular fictional stories (Ted Lasso learning to work with his panic attacks) to docuseries focusing on other health challenges (many athletes deal with the pressure to be perfect). And don't forget about the new crop of shows designed to help viewers zen out and meditate. Check out our Best Health Apps and Games for Kids, and Apps to Help With Mental Health for more media-inspired ways to stay healthy and well.

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Sesame Street

age 2+

Classic show endures changes, but learning content remains.

Network: PBS, HBO Max (1969)
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Baymax!

age 5+

Lovable robot helps folks stay healthy in delightful show.

Network: Disney+ (2022)
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Zenimation

age 5+

Disney film clips pair with nature sounds for calming watch.

Network: Disney+ (2020)
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Stillwater

age 6+

Beautiful, gentle series emphasizes emotional awareness.

Network: Apple TV+ (2020)
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A World of Calm

age 7+

Engrossing meditations on life, nature narrated by celebs.

Network: HBO Max (2020)
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Becoming

age 7+

Biographical show inspires with athletes' tales of success.

Network: Disney XD, ESPN (2015)
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The Healing Powers of Dude

age 7+

Uneven comedy about anxiety encourages empathy, diversity.

Network: Netflix (2020)
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Headspace Guide to Meditation

age 8+

Hip guided meditations help families learn mindfulness.

Network: Netflix (2021)
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Karma

age 8+

Doing good pays off in super-positive teen competition show.

Network: HBO Max (2020)
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Andi Mack

age 10+

Heartwarming, diverse coming-of-age story best for tweens.

Network: Disney Channel (2017)
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Lockdown

age 10+

Fun mystery show reveals teens' emotions during quarantine.

Network: YouTube (2020)
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Steven Universe

age 10+

Quirky cartoon values family, fun, and finding your purpose.

Network: Cartoon Network (2013)
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Love, Victor

age 12+

Earnest LGBTQ film spin-off series is endearing and lovely.

Network: Hulu (2020)
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One Day at a Time

age 12+

Worthy update of classic sitcom has heart.

Network: Netflix (2017)
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Atypical

age 13+

Laughs, heart, in excellent series about teen with autism.

Network: Netflix (2017)
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Degrassi

age 14+

Superb, socially conscious drama deals with tough issues.

Network: TeenNick (2001)
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Everything's Gonna Be Okay

age 14+

Family love and acceptance, lots of romance in sweet series.

Network: Freeform (2020)
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Huge

age 14+

Thought-provoking drama has relatable messages for teens.

Network: Freeform (2010)
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The Me You Can't See

age 14+

Mental health doc discusses trauma, abuse, depression.

Network: Apple TV+ (2021)
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This Is Us

age 14+

Adult-oriented dramedy puts a fresh spin on family ties.

Network: NBC (2016)
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