The purpose of this dissertation is to examine strategies and methods for inspiring aspiring filmmakers to create films that shatter mental health taboos. The “13 Reasons Why” television series is used as an example of a production that addressed sensitive mental health issues, and to examine the prevalent stigma and misinformation surrounding mental health, which perpetuate detrimental thinking habits about the subject. Filmmakers are uniquely positioned to influencing public perception, inspiring social change and creating transformative conversations through their productions. This film hopes to promote empathy, raise awareness, and encourage dialogue that dispels various myths and misconceptions, and ultimately humanize mental health and empower individuals. Its overarching focus is to influence public perception, inspiring social change and supporting mental health advocacy through catharsis and healing.