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9 feelgood documentaries on Netflix for World Mental Health Day

Take it easy, yeah?

TODAY IS WORLD Mental Health Day, and let’s face it – there’s a lot going on in the world without adding to the misery.

Do yourself a favour today – turn off the news (the Budget can wait) and treat yourself to one of these feelgood documentaries. It won’t fix everything, but you deserv a break as much as the next person.

1. Mortified Nation

Adults share their most embarrassing teenage writings and art in front of total strangers at Mortified stage shows across the country, as the filmmakers explore what the show’s popularity says about all of us.

Available on Netflix Worldwide.

Source: Movieclips Film Festivals & Indie Films/YouTube

2. Daughters Of Destiny

Five girls from India’s most impoverished families attend a boarding school designed to create opportunities as they strive for a brighter future.

Available on Netflix Worldwide.


Source: Netflix/YouTube

3. Planet Earth

This landmark series transports nature lovers from the Himalayan Mountains to the depths of the ocean and everywhere in between. Plus, who doesn’t love David Attenborough?

Available on Netflix.

Source: SeriesTheComplete/YouTube

4. Stan Lee’s Superheroes

Stan Lee, the man who co-created such legendary comic book characters as Spider-Man, Hulk, X-Men and the Fantastic Four, searches for some real superhumans, people who are gifted with remarkable abilities because of their genetic differences.

Available on Netflix Worldwide.

Source: goentertain/YouTube

5. Super High Me

Comic and former Stoner of the Year Doug Benson chronicles his experience as he avoids pot for a month and then consumes huge quantities for 30 days. Featuring some serious celeb cameos, it’s more heart-warming then you’d think.

Available on Netflix Worldwide.

Source: Popcornflix/YouTube

6. Twinsters

This documentary chronicles the true story of a French fashion student who discovered via the Internet an identical twin she never knew existed.

Available on Netflix Worldwide.

Source: Movieclips Film Festivals & Indie Films/YouTube

7. Iris

Filmmaker Albert Maysles pays tribute to nonagenarian Iris Apfel, the quick-witted, longtime interior designer and outspoken champion of eclectic fashion.

Available on Netflix Worldwide.

Source: Movieclips Film Festivals & Indie Films/YouTube

8. Living On One Dollar

Living on One Dollar follows the journey of four friends as they set out to live on just $1 a day for two months in rural Guatemala. They battle hunger, parasites, and extreme financial stress as they attempt to survive life on the edge.

Available on Netflix Worldwide.

Source: Living on One/YouTube

9. A Hot Dog Program

Filmmaker Rick Sebak takes his cameras across the country in search of the various hot dogs people enjoy. We see the Super Duper Hot Dog stand and its variety of toppings and sauces. There is an in-depth study of the Chicago-area hot dog stands, in particular the Superdawg. The annual Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest is also featured. Nom.

Available on YouTube.

Source: American Fast Food Stories/YouTube

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