Don't Call Me Crazy!
This isn't a plea to you guys, but actually the title of a 3 part documentary that recently aired on BBC3. I watched all 3 episodes, and it was suggested that I could write a review about it, and also ask anyone else's thoughts on it, if you have seen it.
Part of the 'It's a Mad World Season', the programme looked to give a real and raw insight into life on a teenage psychiatric ward in Manchester, where a range of young people have reached crisis point with their mental illness, whether depression, OCD, eating disorders, etc. Obviously, this is not something that can really be sugar-coated, or skirted around, as the issues dealt with on the programme are very difficult ones, and ones that carry much stigma in today's society.
It was really good that the programme gave the young people themselves a lot of opportunity to voice their own thoughts and feelings on their illnesses, especially where it got them to talk about the stigma of mental health and what recovery means to them. What stuck out to me especially was that the professionals in the programme never said that the young people come into the unit unwell and leave the Unit perfectly fine. It really showed mental illness in it's true light.
Although extremely interesting and eye-opening, the programme was very difficult to watch at times as, with being so open, it is possibly triggering for many viewers, as it talks frankly about self-harm and suicide, showing wounds, bandages and scars, and also shows the staff restraining young people at times. So, a word of warning if you haven't watched it.
I know it's not always the case, but mental illness is quite prominent in children of alcoholics, which I think is one of the reasons I found this programme so interesting. A lot around alcoholism itself, and the illnesses surrounding it, is hidden, which makes it very difficult for people to understand. One of the girls on the ward says how hard it is because people can't see anything wrong with her, but that doesn't mean what she's going through is any less important, or harmful. It also showed how it affected the families, which again is often forgotten about.
So...that's my thoughts, you don't have to agree with what I've said, but it'd be cool to hear if anyone else had seen the programme, and what they thought of it.
P.s. Remember if any of the things I've talked about, or anything on the programme, has affected you, remember COAP is here for support, and also ChildLine is always there 24/7 (0800 1111 or www.childline.org.uk)