BBC One is to air a season looking at mental health with the In The Mind strand.
“Ten years on since Stephen Fry’s Emmy-award-winning film about manic depression, it now feels like the right time to bring this important subject to a mainstream audience on BBC One. To find out what has changed, what progress has been made and what the future holds for people living with mental health conditions in the UK. Over the last decade, we’ve broken down taboos, and medical advances mean we have a greater understanding of the brain than ever before, but we’re not there yet. There is still so much more that needs to be done.” – Charlotte Moore, Controller BBC TV Channels and iPlayer
Mental health is fast becoming one of the great issues of our time with growing numbers of people in the UK seeking help. BBC One will dedicate two weeks of the schedule to explore this important subject in closer detail across a range of programming from news and drama to documentaries and features. Starting on Monday the 15th of February, the season will include stories of life and death, hope, scientific discovery and much more to help raise public awareness and understanding of issues relating to mental health.
The BBC News at Six and BBC News at Ten will broadcast a series of special reports on subjects including neuroscience, the NHS, ECT, lifesaving charities, changing social attitudes and mental health in the black community.
Two intimate, powerful BBC One documentaries will give insight to living with two extreme forms of mental illness. Ten years since Stephen Fry’s The Secret Life Of The Manic Depressive started a national conversation about mental health, The Not So Secret Life Of The Manic Depressive: 10 Years On looks at the experiences of Stephen and others living with bipolar.
My Baby, Psychosis And Me is an intimate documentary that tells the real life stories of two mums, for whom childbirth triggers ‘Postpartum Psychosis’, one of the most severe forms of mental illness. Supported by Stacey’s storyline in EastEnders, the documentary reveals the frightening roller coaster journey of both women as they embark on treatment hoping it might bring about a full recovery. BBC One will also be repeating the documentary Life After Suicide and Professor Green: Suicide And Me which originally aired on BBC Three.
EastEnders’ postpartum psychosis storyline featuring Stacey Branning takes a dramatic turn across BBC One’s In The Mind season. Stacey Branning (Lacey Turner) was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 2009, and although postpartum psychosis can affect a woman without pre-existing mental health issues, it is more likely to affect a mother who has bipolar disorder. In recent weeks, Martin, Stacey’s boyfriend, managed to get Stacey to hospital, where she was eventually sectioned.
The One Show will also welcome Lacey Turner and Dominic Treadwell-Collins, Executive Producer of EastEnders, to discuss the role popular dramas like EastEnders can play in raising awareness around mental health issues, and what work and research they do behind the camera with organisations like Mind to ensure accurate portrayals.
Inside Out is a regional strand airing different content across the BBC One regions. The local versions will cover mental health issues with their own individual films as part of the season. Covering a range of subjects, including how vulnerable teenagers suffering from mental health problems are falling through the cracks between childhood and adulthood mental health services; investigating how A&E has become the new front line in dealing with people in mental health crisis; suicide rates, mental health support for transgender people; carers looking after family members in poor mental health; police and mental health services.
The season begins on Monday the 15th of February.