TV: mental health documentaries

Sectioned, BBC Four, Wednesday 19 May, 9-10pm, repeated Thursday 20 May, 1.30-2.30am, available after broadcast via the iPlayer

From the BBC Four website:

“Powerful documentary which, for the first time, follows three people who have been sectioned on their journey through the mental health system. With unprecedented access to one of the largest mental health trusts in the UK, Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust, the film focuses on Andrew, Richard and Anthony as they battle to regain control of their lives, bringing into sharp focus the huge challenges faced by patients and staff alike.”

The programme, and the process of obtaining and maintaining consent from the three central participants, was discussed in an article in the Guardian yesterday by Tara Conlan.

Mental: A History of the Madhouse, BBC Four, Monday 17 May, 9-10pm, repeated Thursday 20 May, 4-5am, available after broadcast via the iPlayer

From the BBC Four website:

“Documentary which tells the fascinating and poignant story of the closure of Britain’s mental asylums. In the post-war period, 150,000 people were hidden away in 120 of these vast Victorian institutions all across the country. Today, most mental patients, or service users as they are now called, live out in the community and the asylums have all but disappeared. Through powerful testimonies from patients, nurses and doctors, the film explores this seismic revolution and what it tells us about society’s changing attitudes to mental illness over the last sixty years.”

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