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Losing It: Our Mental Health Emergency
Through January and February 2020 Channel 4 broadcast a series on mental health in our region. Titled Losing It: Our Mental; Health Emergency, the series gained access to Nottinghamshire Healthcare, one of the UK’s largest mental health trusts.
With demand rising and resources stretched like never before, the series explored the unprecedented pressure on mental health services and the seemingly impossible decisions that clinicians have to make every day. The series places viewers at the heart of the complex decision-making process, giving a unique insight into the pressures and challenges mental health trusts and patients must deal with daily. Told with a frank first person perspective, this series gives a very personal view of mental illness in 2019; the tragedy, humour and complex challenges.
John Brewin is Chief Executive of the Trust:
“Our staff come across as unfailingly compassionate and caring, a credit to the Trust. The Individuals who have allowed the cameras into their lives when at their most vulnerable are an example to us all in their honesty, refreshing insight and positivity.
“This is a series we can all be proud of. It covers a diverse range of mental health and we see the brilliant care being delivered by staff along with the challenges they face daily. Patients allowed us in at the most sensitive time for them and the main feedback all patients have given after viewing their episode is that they are very proud of themselves - which is brilliant and what we hoped to achieve.
“We hope this series has helped raise debate and robust conversation around resources and the state of mental health today; alongside championing the brilliant work our staff all do.”
The Trust made the decision to take part in the series in April 2019 to try and further reduce the stigma associated with mental illness. The production company, Story Films, has an impressive track record in making sensitive films that deal with difficult topics. Filming took place across Nottinghamshire during the summer of 2019 and features patients with a wide variety of diagnoses, including young people, families and people in crisis.
Who we are and what we do
Nottinghamshire Healthcare provides integrated healthcare services, including mental health, intellectual disability and physical health services. Over 9000 dedicated staff provide these services in a variety of settings, ranging from the community through to acute wards, as well as secure settings. The Trust manages two medium secure units, Arnold Lodge in Leicester and Wathwood Hospital in Rotherham, and the high secure Rampton Hospital near Retford. It also provides healthcare in prisons across the East Midlands. Its budget for 2019/20 is £465m.
The Trust is committed to a sustainable future and works hard to reduce its carbon footprint and environmental impact across all of its many services.