Stories, TV, and mental health

   Can a story make a difference to our outlook, or even to our lives?   

Certainly for me, sometimes even a mere television show can make a difference, as in moment 2:20 of this 7th episode of the first season of Spanish Public Television’s “El Ministerio del Tiempo.”

In the very first scene of this episode, a major character is shown, years before the present date, about to take an action that would prevent her from ever contributing again.  She is standing on a ledge, about to leap to her death.  But the person who will become her mentor, leading her into an alternative that few people know even exists, recruits her to the new job by telling her that if she jumps, those who wanted her to fail will be over joyed.  Then he says:

“No los des ese gusto.”

“Don’t give them that pleasure.”


And so begins the meteoric rise to heights at that point never attained by a woman, let alone a lesbian.  If such a story can move even one person to keep going, is it not valuable for the mental health of us all?


Action Items:

1.) What, if you wish to share, was a TV show or film that made a difference in your life?

2.) How would seeing a character on a TV show decide not to commit suicide influence someone else’s decision?

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19 thoughts on “Stories, TV, and mental health

      1. It should be around in either English or with subtitles in lots of places, I imagine, as it is pretty popular even in the non-Spanish speaking world, if I understand correctly (and since a certain American tv network tried to steal it, flattery is the highest compliment, is it?).
        Do find it, as the first two seasons are well worth the effort, even of learning Castillian Spanish!!

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  1. One thing that I have noticed is once I began writing more I also began to change interest in the shows/movies I watch. I thought it was strange when I started viewing from a different lens and noticing aspects I didn’t before. Talking to others though, apparently I simply watch now from a writers perspective finding interest in programs I didn’t enjoy before.

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  2. I keep going back to “Two Cathedrals,” the second-season finale of “The West Wing.” President Josiah Bartlet, facing crises, one of which he created, confronts God. The best parts are in Latin.

    I, as a Christian, stand on the shoulders of Judaism. My favorite feature of Judaism is monotheism. My second favorite feature of Judaism is faithful arguing with God.

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  3. I’ll admit I sometimes question the utility of using movies and TV for positive representation or to make a positive impact, because more often than not, they model what not to do. But I am heartened by hearing about your experience and story with this particular episode ❤
    And apologies – trying to catch up with all the chagim.

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    1. No need to apologize: I know how busy the Chagim are!
      Yes, for me, stories seemed more of a waste of time until I saw how people respond to them, and that they can be a source of learning, if well written.

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