After receiving lots of criticism and voiced opinions on its very sensitive storyline, 13 Reasons Why was one of the top binged shows when it first dropped on Netflix in 2017. With a powerful message and real-life content, the show caused mixed reviews and feelings on how it portrayed mental health.

Opening up new conversations and changing the stigma, these Netflix Canada shows touch on some sensitive topics that are most definitely worth discussing. Here are 6 shows on Netflix Canada that are nothing like 13 Reasons Why.


Rating: 8.6/10 on IMDb

Why you need to watch it: Shameless follows the lives of the dysfunctional Gallagher family living in Chicago as they try to make ends meet. The show always keeps it real and touches on mental illness throughout, from Ian's struggle with bipolar disorder to Frank's battle with alcoholism.

Jessica Jones

Rating: 8/10 on IMDb

Why you need to watch it: Jessica Jones proves that mental illness can affect literally anyone, even a superhero. Over three seasons, the show centers around a private investigator named Jessica and covers intense subject matter like rape, assault and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).


Rating: 7.9/10 on IMDb

Why you need to watch it: In this mini-series starring Emma Stone and Jonah Hill, Maniac looks at two patients dealing with their own inner issues who decide to take part in a drug trial that promises to change their lives forever. Unfortunately, they discover that trying to fix themselves may be harder than it seems when things suddenly go wrong.

This Is Us

Rating: 8.7/10

Why you need to watch it: Throughout the show, This Is Us deals with some tough, real life issues with many of its characters. From anxiety and panic attacks with Randall, depression with Toby, an eating disorder with Kate, and alcoholism with Jack — you can't help but fall in love and cheer on the entire Pearson family!


Rating: 8.3/10 on IMDb

Why you need to watch it: Another Netflix Canada show touching on mental health is Homeland. Running for seven seasons, with an eighth and final season on the way, the series follows a CIA agent named Carrie who has bipolar disorder.


Rating: 8.1/10 on IMDb

Why you need to watch it: River is a mini-series on Netflix Canada about a police officer named John who deals with hallucinations that are brought on by the murder of his late colleague. John must learn to navigate life and cope with his hallucinations while investigating the murder case.