With one in four of us now suffering from a mental health problem, a new 4 x 60 series explores and demystifies the most profound decisions involved in treating the mentally ill.
The Maudsley (w/t) takes an in-depth and unprecedented look at mental health in Britain today, with exclusive access to a wide range of services, patients and staff at the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust (SLaM).
Key to the series, filmed over a year, is giving a voice to those who suffer with mental illness, from people with psychosis or manic depression to those with severe anxiety. For, although a growing number of us will experience mental illness in our lifetime, the stigma remains; it’s an unwanted label.
SLaM is the country’s best-known psychiatric trust and its services are unique, pioneering and often surprising. This is the most comprehensive access producers have ever had to any NHS mental health trust in the country.
Ralph Lee, Head of Factual at Channel 4 said: “Building on the success of last year’s 4Goes Madseason in bringing a fresh approach to mental health on television, we are delighted that the patients and staff of the Maudsley have trusted us to tell their stories for the first time.”
The series is produced by The Garden Productions (24 Hours in A&E, The Audience, Inside Claridges) and series directed by Dave Nath (Cutting Edge, The Year the Town Hall Shrank).
The Maudsley (w/t) will follow the lives of patients and their families, touching on a range of mental health conditions. Each of the four films tackles a different aspect of mental health – the big issues of today. Many people manage their illness with medication; others walk a daily tightrope with the possibility of relapsing at any time.
The cameras follow a community mental health team; the lion’s share of SLaM’s work takes place in a community setting, looking after more than 35,000 people with mental health issues.
Cameras are allowed in to Lambeth Hospital’s Triage ward for the first time. In a postcode with the highest rates of psychosis in Europe, this is the Accident and Emergency of mental health – where patients are at their most unwell. For the staff it’s all about risk management. The buck stops with psychiatrists like Dr Martin Baggaley who makes crucial decisions every day. Getting it wrong could have tragic consequences.
Anxiety has become the mental illness of our time, with seven million drug prescriptions issued every year. The Bethlem Royal Hospital’s national unit treats the most anxious people in the country – the top one per cent – and claims a success rate of three in four patients. Some are consumed by irrational fears they’ve caused a road accident in their sleep, harmed strangers or have intrusive thoughts.
The number of older people with mental health problems is estimated to increase by a third over the next 15 years to 4.3 million. Bereavement, stress and loneliness can contribute and some end up on the Maudsley Hospital’s Older Adults Ward. With a premium on bed space patients cannot stay on the ward forever but some lose the confidence to go back home and live an independent life.
It’s executive produced by Amy Flanagan and Jonathan Smith. Broadcast is scheduled for Autumn 2013.
Via http://www.channel4.com via Bridget
This is an audio blog by Matthew who is a carer.
They are his thoughts and suggestions about questions that carers can ask health professionals about their cared for person.
It contains some really useful tips and advice.
A Themed Workshop for Carers
Andre Geel – Consultant Clinical Psychologist
Veronica Kamerling – Experienced Carer
Saturday 12th October 2013
9.00am – 4.30pm
The Fitzrovia Room, Park Crescent Conference Centre,
International Students House, 229 Great Portland Street London, W1W 5PN
Cost: £60.00 per person
Topics to be covered:
COMMUNICATION SKILLS – SEEING THINGS DIFFERENTLY
LOOKING AFTER YOURSELF – WAYS OF COPING
RECOVERY – TREATMENT & THERAPY
Responding to specifically relevant topics raised by carers and highly pertinent to anyone in a caring role, this workshop aims to teach new ways of thinking and behaving around old problems. It will highlight how change and looking after yourself can play a key role in promoting positive results in those you are caring for, and will utilize key concepts and techniques in current psychological thinking to achieve this. You will leave with a series of practical skills and ideas on how to develop your own approach and techniques to help you manage those you are looking after.
To book a place on the above please contact:
T: 01256 704117
M: 07733 260 475
Flyer here: WORKSHOP OUTLINE FOR SATURDAY 12th OCTOBER 2013
Booking form here: BOOKING FORM FOR THE CARERS WORKSHOP SATURDAY 12th OCTOBER 2013
SLaM is continuing their very successful Empowering Family and Carer Events. There will be 4 events this year with one specifically for Forensic Services. All events have a different theme with presentations based on this theme.
They are an opportunity for family members and carers to find out about how SLaM operates, what they can expect for themselves and their loved ones and how they can access these services. There are ‘surgeries’ for carers to meet professionals, get information about benefits, support services, medication, care and treatment and raise any concerns or complaints they have regarding the people they care for.
The first one will be on Thursday 2 May in Lambeth and the theme will be Welfare Benefits and Support Services. Please see poster attached for more information: SLAM153 – Empowering Family-Carers May 2013 and booking from here: Booking Form May 2013
Please help us to advertise this event by passing this on to Carers & Family members and also Service Users so they can pass it to their carers and include it in your newsletter or website and display the poster. Please note this event is for Carers and Family members only but we are always looking for staff to be involved in delivering the event.
For more information, to book a place or you want to find out how you can be involved in helping to deliver the event please contact
Angela.Mitchell@slam.nhs.uk Tel: 020 3228 3722 Mob: 07837984608