Do The Movies Suggest We Need Mental Health Training?

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In the world of make believe, character plots and gut wrenching drama, we are often able to relate it back to our own “real life” and discover hidden truths about ourselves. The movie, Office Space, is an intriguing story line about Mental Health in the workplace, and whilst most will be able to relate to its narrative, we believe its time to make a “real” change in our own lives and create a happier story line for ourselves.

Do The Movies Suggest We Need Mental Health Training?


In the Initech office, the soul destroyed Peter Gibbons despises his job and the disruptive Division VP Bill Lumbergh which recently hired two consultants to downsize the company. His best buddies are the software engineers Michael Bolton and Samir Nagheenanajar who also hate Initech, and his neighbor Lawrence. His girlfriend Anne is cheating on him and ironically manipulates Peter to visit the hypnotherapist Dr. Swanson. Peter speaks of how miserable his life has become and Dr. Swanson hypnotizes him, when suddenly Peter transcends into a state of ecstasy. However, Dr. Swanson dies immediately after giving the hypnotic suggestion to Peter. Now, blissfully trapped in a state joy and excitement, Peters life no longer concerns him, which by default benefits his professional life in ways he could never imagine.

We Need A New Story line

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finally changing the story line to a happier one

It is a very familiar plot, whereby the character is desperately unhappy with his or her life and the source of their troubles seem to come from their working environments, social obligations and their strive to get ahead. Something which is incredibly unfamiliar to the viewer and as well as in the viewers own life is a situation where the company actively takes responsibility over their role of the employees well-being instead of just the employee. Perhaps we would find it harder to relate to the movie and its story line if the narrative was closer to the later of the two situations, but then, perhaps we would not have the need to escape from our own lives by watching a rendition of it. Either way, I would be excited to see a shift in narratives, especially now that western society has become so dutifully aware of Mental Health. Imagine a story line which focuses on Mental Health Training in the workplace and being able to relate to the triumphs, and a new found well-being rather than soul sucking depression.

Imagine watching a reminder of how amazing our lives have become.

As far as I can see, the movie world often reports our adversities and glorifies over coming them. But we now have the ability to completely change what is creating our adversities, which as in, Office Space, is the workplace.