Building Awareness - Reducing Risk: Mental
illness and Suicide
in four people will experience some form of mental illness in their lifetime.
But it is a subject that we would rather not talk about in the open.
commemorate Mental Health week an Inside Out London special breaks that silence.
Founder of Sane, Marjorie Wallace presents one of the films in which she
says the money the Government has allocated to mental health services haven't
filtered to those who need it the most.
It is estimated around £8m worth of proposed cuts will
be made to mental health services in Southwark and Lambeth alone in the next two
Not only will this result in nearly 20 services being shut down
but it will also mean the closure of the walk-in emergency clinic.
service at the Maudsley Hospital is one of the only facilities where people dealing
with mental health issues can turn to and get the right sort of help from
Wallace believes that the issue of mental health needs to be dealt with earlier.
The film shows how
emergency services are left to deal with the mentally ill, often with tragic consequences.
Twenty-four-year-old Wesley, suffered from depression and self harmed,
he was arrested after stealing bread and cheese from a supermarket and sent to
Eighteen hours later he was found hanging in his cell.
|Barber Shop support|
cases like Wesley's are preventable tragedies that could be prevented if the system
picked up on them earlier.
Psychiatrist Dele Olajide and his team go in
search of mentally ill people in barbers, hairdressers and churches.
like this however, could be axed as further cuts to mental health services are
The special also
looks at a project helping the mentally ill in South London.
In the 1960s
the government made major changes in the way it treated mentally ill people.
in the Community was introduced which saw an end to large asylums.
doctor in Sydeham decided patients' needed more support and set up a community
Suggs paid a visit to Sydenham Gardens to discover how the project
is helping to raise self esteem and control mental illnesses.
stories the programme also explores what it's like to suffer from a mental illness
and looks at how families cope.
Tonin is 38 years old and lives in South London.
Tonin battled mental illness|
For the past 20 years
she has battled both with her own mental illness and the health system which is
supposed to help her.
Sectioned at the age of 18 she has, in her own words,
lost track of years of her life very probably as a result of the ECT (Electro-convulsive
Therapy) and the many anti-psychotic drugs she has been prescribed.
despite this and the years of self harm which have mentally and physically scarred
her she is a vibrant and engaging character.
She is incredibly effusive
and describes with great openness the reality of life with a psychotic illness.
What seems to have been a great comfort and release for her in recent years
is her relationship with her four legged friend - Lady Gem Barker.
tendency to answer questions as "we" is testimony to the strength of
this bond as she is referring to her and her dog.
Ever since she was a
teenage Sarah has had to live with hallucinations and voices inside her head.
The only way she can make sense of her life is through the close relationship
she has with her dog, Gem.
"It has always felt like we
are an alien in this world.
"I never felt part of any part - the world
has always been a really frightening scary place always - there is no memory feeling
like you are part of it..."
"Sometimes I might say we and that
is in my head Gem - Lady Gem she knows we are very important to each other.
is gem and me together. Gem if u like is a therapeutic because she helps very
"Without Gem I wouldn't get out of the door even with her I fail
Sometimes I don't make it out of the door."
story" is a frank and honest insight into the reality of life with serious
mental illness and essentially the story of a true survivor of a far from perfect
closure of many of the large asylums many people suffering with mental health
problems either walk the streets or sit at home.
With regular visits to
their local GP who will keep an eye on their medication and listens to their problems.
At one health centre in Sydenham South London one doctor decided this wasn't
He was worried about their confidence self esteem and ability to
climb out of the descending spiral that is mental Illness.
open a community garden and get them working the land.
have been remarkable. Inside Out presenter Suggs once himself a failed Landscape
Gardener gets down in the dirt with the patients and discovers how their sorrow
has been turned to joy
|Mad protest against hospital closure|
For more than 20 years, Alan and Marilyn Lazarus
have been fighting the system.
Not your usual rebels, this couple from
North London found their family's life shattered when at the age of 17, their
daughter Lorraine developed schizophrenia.
It took years of battling to
get her the care she needed, and led the Lazarus' to set up their own charity
to look after people like Lorraine.
They have raised millions to build
a residential home for their daughter and others, and run a day centre looking
after 100 people each week.
Last year Marilyn was told she had breast cancer
the care she got she says was second to none.
So why, she asks, can't it
be the same for the mentally ill, who she feels are still treated as second class