Is mental illness contagious?

This film shows a group of young carers and mental health professionals discussing whether mental illness is contagious.


This film is part of a series of group discussions on parental mental illness. If you want to watch more from this collection, you can find them on the Resources section of our website.

Teachers/facilitators notes:

If you are using this film as part of a lesson or workshop, you might find the information below useful to support discussion.

Teaching points

This film explores the difference between ‘catching’ an illness and being affected by it. One young person cites an example where this has been true in her experience. This film could be used to explore this concept with your group – sharing experience, clearing up the misconception that mental illness can be ‘catching’. NB. Consider the ‘ground rules’ of your group. How safe would people feel to share their experiences?

Learning points

  • You can’t catch mental illness.
  • However, the behaviour of those affected can impact on others.

Duration of film

2 minutes, 43 seconds

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