Over 80 people attended our screening of several short films made by local filmmakers that detailed the experiences of local residents mental health journeys.
Following the screening, a panel of filmmakers, service users and industry professionals discussed mental health services locally, their own wellbeing and took questions from the audience.
This film screening acted as the launch for Ideas For Wellbeing, a piece of research commissioned by local health and social care providers and co-produced by Healthwatch Southampton and Touch Network that looks to find out what helps the people who live here to stay well and have better days, as well as how best we can spend the money we have to support this.
Local health and social care providers are asking this because they want people in Southampton to feel as mentally and emotionally well as they can, and to be a City that gives you the best chance of living the life you want. This piece of research will help to inform how best to establish a local mental health service user forum.
Medicated Stable? (5 mins)
Animator: Logan Bishop
Medicated Stable is an animated film that explores some of the experiences of mental health treatment, support and recovery in Southampton. Funded by NHS England, this animated film produced by Healthwatch Southampton is based on ‘Barriers and Facilitators for promoting recovery in mental health’ a research paper co-produced by Healthwatch Southampton and the University of Southampton.
Director: Ben Grace
Antelope is a short film based on writer/director Ben Grace‘s experience of being sectioned at Antelope House in 2012. With the permission of Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust, he filmed the opening scenes inside Antelope House, the secure PICU (Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit) he recovered in.
Sectioned (10 mins)
Director: Jane Collard
Sectioned is a short documentary about Sharon, a local resident who was sectioned under the Mental Health Act. Sectioned details her journey through mental health services, her delusions due to bipolar disorder and her experiences of community services. Sectioned and is an honest and inspiring story of her recovery.
Beyond the Label (2 mins)
Director: Jane Collard
Beyond the Label is a short animated film that explores a local service users experiences of being diagnosed with Schizophrenia and the stigma attached to the term.
Every year, one in four of us will experience a mental health problem. The experience will be different for each of us, as will the type of support we need. But what mental health services are there? And how do they fit in with other health and public services? Released to coincide with World Mental Health Day on Saturday 10 October 2015, the animation was produced with input from three experts by experience and advice from a mental health nurse and a senior colleague from a mental health charity.