Teens React To Teen Mental Health In Film And TV (Euphoria, Saved By The Bell)

– (Rue) The other thing
about depression is it kinda collapses time.
– (teacher) Rue, are you listening? – Oh. I’ve heard so much
about this show. I haven’t seen it yet.
– I’ve heard of it. It’s Euphoria.
– It’s a good show. It’s very realistic.
– (Rue) Suddenly, you find your whole days
blending together to create one endless and suffocating loop.
– Oh! That’s Zendaya, right? – I love Zendaya.
She’s a really good actress. – (Rue) So, you find yourself
trying to remember the things that made you happy.
– Oh. – This was such
an important scene in Euphoria. – (Jules) Do you wanna get closer?
– (Rue) Yeah. But slowly, your brain begins
to erase every memory that ever brought you joy.
– Yikes. – It’s so true.
That’s how it hits. – (woman) And eventually,
all you can think about is how life has always been this way.
– I’ve heard that this show talks a lot about mental health,
and they touch upon subjects that are really hard to watch.
– (woman) And it will only continue to be this way.
– Damn. – That kind of is
how depression is sometimes, ’cause you don’t remember
the last time it was that you were happy.
Sometimes, it feels like you’re gonna die and, like,
what’s the point of going on with life?
I feel nothing inside me, like I don’t matter,
like I’m nothing. – That’s like one of the main things
I felt like I went through at least was just a cycle
of a bunch of BS. Things that you wish you could do,
you’re not able to because of this inner blockage.
So, I feel like you want to do things, but you’re almost
forced to stay in bed. – One of the reasons
I know when I’m depressed is because I love life.
When you are so sad and in such a dark place,
you kind of forget everything that makes you happy.
I’m already tearing up. You forget the things
that make life great. – (FBE) We have a lot more
videos to show you because today, in honor of World Mental Health Day,
we wanted to shine a spotlight on how mental health,
specifically depression and anxiety, has been portrayed in the media
throughout the years. And since we have all teens
in this episode, all the videos we show you today
will be specific to teenagers. – That’s really good.
I mean, we need something like that. – I didn’t know
that it had its own day, but I’m very happy it does.
– I’m glad that teenagers are being represented.
Kids grow up seeing these movies and these TV shows
about how perfect high school is, and then they go in
and it’s so much more than that. – (Deanie) And I think Wordsworth
means that when we grow up… – Wow, 1961.
– I can’t believe that they talked about this in 1961.
– (Deanie) …that we have to forget the ideals of youth
and find strength… – Oh, is she having trouble
talking in front of a class? Anxiety? I feel that. – There’s nothing worse
than crying in class and breaking down in class.
– (Deanie) Miss Metcalf, may I please be– – Aww.
– It’s sad. I feel like that was
a depiction of anxiety. – It’s so interesting that it was
portrayed in the 1960s. That’s pretty forward
for its time. – (FBE) This clip was from
the 1961 film “Splendor in the Grass.” It focuses on the tail
of a teenage girl in the 1920s and the effects of heartbreak
on her psyche. In this particular scene,
Deanie had just figured out her boyfriend cheated on her
with another classmate of hers. – (softly) Yeah. Yeah.
Um, (chuckles) I’ve been cheated on twice.
It [bleep] with you a lot in the head. It makes you very untrusting
of people. It sort of sucks. – When I went through that,
I couldn’t control my feelings at all. – I couldn’t get a grip
on how I wish I could feel or what was going on.
I just knew that I was hurt. And because of that,
I was doing things I wish I never did
and saying things I wish I never did, because it’s like everything
just starts blowing up inside you, just like a pain.
– (Brian) Know why I’m here today? Do you?!
– Aww, Breakfast Club. – (sighs) I remember this movie.
– (Brian) I’m here because Mr. Ryan found a gun in the locker.
– I have seen the Breakfast Club, but I don’t remember this scene.
– (Brian) I can’t have an F. I can’t have it.
– School stress. – (Brian) I know my parents
can’t have it. – That line right there,
so accurate. – (Brian) …if I aced
the rest of the semester, I’m still only a B.
– Anthony Michael Hall. – (girl) Brian… – Yeah.
– (Brian) [Bleep]! – Sounds like a suicidal type thing.
– This specific thing, you can apply to a ton of people.
You know, there’s so much pressure to go– to do good in high school,
so you can get into a good college, have a good job.
And I feel like sometimes that pressure can overwhelm people.
– We’re held to this expectation that all As, everything that–
good for college, good for parents, but it’s just we’re
not given time to breathe. – I’ve had friends
who have left school, because they find it really stressful
and I’ve just never seen them again. I know that I felt moments before
where it’s just like I always constantly
have to impress my parents with my grades,
’cause that’s the only thing that I have going for me.
But it’s just… it’s really hard,
especially nowadays whether you go to public school
or private school. – (Zach) We gotta go.
Let’s go! – (Jessie) Where are we going?
– (Zach) Where are we going? You’re singing tonight.
– Oh. I’ve seen this scene. Wasn’t this the scene
where he found out that– wasn’t she doing drugs?
I saw this on Instagram a few years back, that scene.
I just remember looking at the comments,
and a lot of people were just talking about the acting.
– (Jessie) I gotta wash my hair. – (Zach) No, there’s no time!
– (Jessie) No time! There’s NEVER any time!
I don’t have time to study! I’ll never get into Stanford!
I’ll let everyone down! I’m so confused!
– (Zach) Jessie, hey! – I’ve been there.
– (Zach) It’s okay. – (Jessie) You’re right.
– (Zach) It’s okay. – (Jessie) Everything will be okay.
– (Zach) Yeah. – (Jessie) I just need one of these.
– Oh, shoot. – I can’t believe they touched
on pills and addiction. – (Jessie) I need them, Zach!
I have to… – Nooo.
– (Zach) You can’t sing tonight! – (Jessie) Yes, I can! ♪ I’m so excited ♪
♪ I’m so excited ♪ – Yikes.
– ♪ I’m so… ♪ (cries) Scared!
– (Zach) Jessie, Jessie. – Yeah. That’s actually
what’s going on in my life right now. I was not expecting that one.
I’m constantly working, and I care about a lot
of things in my life. And I want to achieve
so many things. And it’s really hard
when you look at your life and you look at the 24 hours
in a day, and you feel like you can’t even sleep.
– (FBE) That scene was from Saved by the Bell,
and you might have actually seen it memed online
even though it does deal with some serious subject matter,
but many say in a very over-the-top way.
– Yeah. I feel like– I mean, the fact that that was
a meme, it’s really– I mean, I get where–
because it’s a sitcom and it’s 22 minutes,
and it’s hard to really look at it as a serious issue.
People feeling almost anxiety and feeling like, “Oh my god,
I have to do this and that,” it’s a real thing.
– There’s this hustle culture that you just gotta keep going
and keep pushing and keep grinding and that your mental well-being
doesn’t matter. And that’s shown.
She’s like, “I can push through it. I’ll just take a pill,
and then I’ll keep singing. It’ll be fine.”
– At that point, you low-key kinda wanna die.
So, it’s like, “Might as well do some drugs.”
That was my logic, ’cause I remember being 12
and doing drugs, you know what I’m saying?
Because it’s like [bleep] up. So, you’re just like,
“Man, I wanna die. Might as well do something.”
As you get older, things become better is what I’ve noticed.
– I’ve had my fair share of abusing drugs in dark times.
After that whole situation went down with my ex,
I went to psychedelics. It felt better than the way
I felt when I wasn’t on it, and it was available to me.
And it’s like, if someone offers you happiness for 10 bucks,
would you take it? I lost two, three jobs
because of this, and I lost respect
from my parents, you know, which sucks, ’cause, you know,
I didn’t even have to do it. I could’ve just talked
to them or something like that. I feel like– if I’m gonna
have any message in this episode, it’s just drugs
are never the option. – (Hollyhock) Where do you go
when you disappear all day? – I love BoJack Horseman.
– Oh, I’ve heard about this show. – (BoJack) Sometimes I go to a bar.
– I’ve heard a lot of good things about this show.
– (BoJack) …just sit there for hours.
– (Hollyhock) Why? – I just find this
so incredibly unrelatable, ’cause they’re horses.
– (Hollyhock) …do that than spend time with me.
– (BoJack) Hollyhock– – (Hollyhock) I know you didn’t
ask for this dorky 17-year-old to just show up at your door,
and I’m sorry if I’m annoying, but– – (BoJack) No, Hollyhock.
I’m glad you’re here. You need to know that whatever
I do, it’s not your fault. – (Hollyhock) I know.
I mean, I know, but I don’t always know, you know?
– I know. – (Hollyhock) Like, sometimes I have
this tiny voice in the back of my head that goes like, “Hey,
everyone hates you, and they’re not wrong
to feel that way.” – Whoa.
– (BoJack) I know what you mean. – (Hollyhock) That voice,
the one that tells you you’re worthless and stupid
and ugly… – (BoJack) Yeah?
– (Hollyhock) It goes away, right? It’s just like a dumb…
– That’s literally what I’m going through right now.
– (Hollyhock) …then it goes away. – No.
– (BoJack) Yeah. – I can’t believe
he told her yeah. – That little voice
is there for everybody, and sometimes it’s louder
than it usually is. Sometimes it just doesn’t exist,
but it’s always with you. – Everybody has that voice.
It doesn’t go away, but… sometimes you just need
to stop listening. – Some days, I’ll just have
an urge to cry, and I have no clue why at all.
And I get really tight around my chest.
I like to hang out with people that are closest to me.
I feel like that helps, ’cause I’m meeting a bunch
of new people, and I feel like I have to kinda fake a little bit.
And so, yeah, I just– god. I don’t know why
I’m getting emotional, but yeah. – (FBE) Before we get into everything,
since we are discussing mental health among teenagers today,
do you feel open to sharing any stories about how mental health
has affected you or your loved ones? – Definitely with me
since I broke down and went through that whole
me drinking, doing psychedelics, smoking, and all that.
I feel like my parents looked down on me because of that.
They were more talking down on me rather than trying to help me
and bring me out of it. What I was doing
was obviously stupid and dumb, you know.
I was acting out through that with depression.
I didn’t wanna do any of that, but it felt good to do it.
– I’ve had really bad anxiety attacks. I’ve had problems
where I’ve literally lost vision. It’s a lot. And you don’t even
know when it’s coming. – Sometimes I don’t cope the best way.
Sometimes I’ll just not do anything. And I would listen to those voices,
which I really don’t like doing. I won’t cry or anything,
but I’ll just lay in my bed and not do anything.
Right now, I feel like I have a really good family support system.
I feel like they do help me. They do understand
what I’m going through and that helps me a lot.
– When I was 15, I was under so much academic pressure
And I was taking AP chemistry, and I remember that I had
to take a retest. And I studied so hard for the retake,
’cause I got a C on the first one and I needed an A on the second one
that I forgot to eat for three days. And I was in the library,
and I remember feeling like I was gonna pass out.
And I called my mom and I was like,
“I don’t know if I should– what to do.
I need this A.” And she was like,
“When’s the last time you ate?” And I couldn’t remember.
I was at the lowest point of my life probably
when I was 15 and a half. I was so young,
and I had so many things to look forward to,
but I could feel none of it. – (FBE) So recently,
there was a study that showed a 3% increase in depression
or anxiety in adolescents aged three to 17.
– Three? – Three to 17. God.
– (FBE) However, it appears there has been no
statistically significant increase in adults diagnosed.
From your perspective as a teen, why do you think adolescents
are seeing an increase in depression and anxiety
in today’s world while adults appear not to be?
– More younger kids are getting more phones.
They’re getting their phones and they’re more into social media.
My mom didn’t let me have a social media
even though I was on React when I was a kid.
She controlled it all. – I was talking to one
of my high school friends, and he said that it’s so much harder
to get into school now– into a college now
than it was two years ago when I applied for college.
And with increasing difficulty to get in, they have to do more.
And on top of the pressure they have, it’s just
getting even harder to do what they’re trying to do.
– Honestly, social media. I’ve had to learn to deal
with people not liking you. Sometimes people don’t like you,
and they’ll say the worst things in the world that they possibly can
to get attention from you for it. And that was a really big thing
I had to deal with. – The world has become
this pressure cooker for youth, because there’s so much
pressure on maintaining the perfect image,
maintaining the perfect grades. There’s just so much
riding on your future. I feel like back
in our parents’ times, it was a little easier
to grow up. Things weren’t put
under such a microscope. There wasn’t things
like cancel culture or, you know,
the extreme cyberbullying that goes on.
With social media, what you do is you put
your best foot forward. You post the highlights.
– (FBE) Finally, there are likely many people watching today
who are dealing with the issues we’ve been speaking about.
What would you like to say to those out there
that is something that you think might help them out?
– I don’t know. I don’t know what might help.
Man, I’m still trying to figure it out myself.
You gotta have healthy outlets. You gotta have ways
of expressing yourself in a healthy way,
because you can’t have it inside. You have to let it out.
– Know what’s a distraction and what is really there
to continuously make you happy. Don’t fall into temporary temptations,
because they’re gonna lead to more problems, and it’s just
gonna make you more sad. – If you’re going through
just a really, really hard time, and you need to talk to somebody,
but you’re too afraid, please find somebody you can trust
whether it’s a family member or a total stranger
that is in the power to help you in your situation.
– You need to talk about it. And it’s embarrassing, and it’s
a really just vulnerable thing to be doing, but if you need
any encouragement, look at me right now on your phone
or your computer being completely open
with all of you about what’s going on
in my life right now. I think you can do it too.
Things suck sometimes. It’s… things happen,
and it hurts, and you feel like it’s never
gonna go away, and it feels like it takes forever
to get over some things in life, but the storm will pass.
There’s always gonna be a light at the end of the tunnel.
It’s gonna be okay.

100 thoughts on “Teens React To Teen Mental Health In Film And TV (Euphoria, Saved By The Bell)

  1. Thank you for watching this video. We’d like to invite you, our
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    National Alliance on Mental Illness: https://www.nami.org/Find-Support/Living-with-a-Mental-Health-Condition/What-to-Do-In-a-Crisis
    National Institute of Mental Health: https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/find-help/index.shtml
    American Foundation for Suicide Prevention: https://afsp.org/find-support/resources/
    American Psychological Association: https://www.apa.org/helpcenter/crisis
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  2. This is now one of my favorite videos on the channel, can you guys do something similar (teenage mental health related) BUT with parents?

  3. That voice never goes away. it sometimes gets quiet and sometimes it's the only thing you can hear. That voice is the true ghost haunting.

  4. this hurts my heart. I’ve been dealing with anxiety and depression since I was 14 and I’m 22 now. It’s hard, every day is a battle but we will be okay one day. Much love ❤️

  5. I've been dealing with depression, anxiety, OCD, and stress for the past few years. This video really sheds light on the topic. Thank You <3

  6. Bad thing even after this some of them still don't know ACTUAL depression. It's not feeling really sad for a few weeks. It lasts years!

  7. As someone who has anxiety attacks on a daily basis this video really hit me hard. I always get stuck in the feeling that no one understands, but this video helped me realize that I'm not alone. Thank you FBE!

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