« The me you can’t see » is a documentary series co-produced by Prince Harry and Oprah Winfrey, available since May 21 2021 on Apple TV.
These four episodes present and discuss mental health through numerous testimonials from celebrities and anonymous people. We can see Lady Gaga, boxer Virginia Fuchs, and basketball player DeMar DeRozan. Each episode follows a step in the healing process, from talking about it, to finding a solution that fits to everyone.
Thanks to the diversity of the speakers, the documentary emphasizes that anyone can be touched by the subject: we listen to individuals from North and South America, Asia, Africa, Middle-East. Rich people and poorer people. They talk about depression, post-traumatic stress disorders (PTSD), schizophrenia and even obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD, TOC in french).
I hadn’t cried like I cried last night watching this series, in quite a while. Some moments, such as the OCD ones, took my breath away. The montage used to describe what it’s like to live with this disorder was successful and breathtaking. I learned a lot about this disease, and about therapy techniques, thanks to the presence of several mental health professionals. I think the documentary can help people who still feel ashamed by their condition to speak up, to realize that asking for help is not a sign of weakness, but of strength. Especially for young men to watch other men cry, and say that it’s okay, is so important.
But I must say, I was quite unsatisfied at the end. I don’t know if it’s because four episodes is too short, or because they don’t talk about how difficult it is for many people to ask for help. I’m not talking about the will to ask, but the means to do it. Whether it’s the price of the therapy sessions, the waiting lists, or the suicide hotline who put you on hold. I mean if we take the case of that woman who listens to people in Zimbabwe for example: what she’s doing is beautiful and inspiring, but at the end of the day she can’t do more that listen. Which is already good, but not enough for a lot of people who need actual medical care.
That’s why it inspired me too, to do more. Especially for the African Queer youth. I hope I’ll survive long enough to be able to do what I want to do for them…
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