Mental Health Series

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Authors: Producer: Katie O’Connor Technical Director: Mike Bartley Mercury Television

Year: 2000

Event: 2000 TheMHS Awards


Type of resource: TheMHS Awards

Award state: NZ

Award level: Winner

Award category: Broadcast

Abstract: These three half hour documentaries were made with the aim of encouraging a more open and positive attitude from the public towards mental illness. Each of the programmes aims at exploring the issues by telling the story of consumers and their families who live with mental illness. The director of this series aimed to portray the lives of those who suffer with as much sensitivity and honesty as possible. Documentary 1: Depths of blue – Living with depression Depths of blue is the story of two womens’ lives who suffer from depression. Depression is more common in women than in men. This documentary looks at the issues around living with depression and how it affects these women and their families. Documentary 2: A Journey through the Tides Bi Polar Disorder or manic depression as it is known by some is a condition which affects just over one percent of the population. This documentary investigates the illness, the symptoms, the treatment and the characteristics of an illness which was first recognised by the Greeks more than two thousand years ago. Documentary 3: Out of the Shadows – Into the Sun This is the story of two people who have schizophrenia. It is an illness which is poorly understood and in many cases feared. Michelle, Peter and their families talk about schizophrenia and how they cope with it in their lives. Description of Facility/Organisation:

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