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Stacey Dooley's New Documentary 'On The Psych Ward' Shines A Light On Mental Health

Stacey Dooley's New Documentary 'On The Psych Ward' Shines A Light On Mental Health

A new Stacey Dooley documentary delving into life on a psychiatric ward will air on BBC Three this week.

Stacey Dooley: On The Psych Ward sees the presenter spending time with a variety of patients at Springfield Hospital in London - who are all struggling with mental health battles.

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At one point during her three-week visit, the 32-year-old presenter meets Rachelle, who prior to filming had been held under section for seven months.

The 29-year-old - who started self-harming when she was nine years old - was recently diagnosed with Emotionally Unstable Personality Disorder (EUPD).

"It's like a tornado is going on inside and I don't know how to deal with it [...] my emotions are very up and down, in one day alone I can go from being happy to sad 30 times, maybe even more," she said.

Rachelle opens up to Stacey about her battle with mental health (Credit: BBC Three)
Rachelle opens up to Stacey about her battle with mental health (Credit: BBC Three)
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Rachelle has also attempted suicide 50-60 times in the last year and 80 times throughout her life.

"There's a lot of reasons [why]," she told Stacey.

"[Growing up] there was a lot going on [...] I think if you have a troubled childhood a lot of the time it can lead to it.

"I think therapy [would help me] because I've never had therapy before, I've never spoken to people about my past and I think that's what is needed. They do have a psychologist who comes once a week but she has been off sick."

Stacey spent three weeks at Springfield Hospital in London (Credit: BBC Three)
Stacey spent three weeks at Springfield Hospital in London (Credit: BBC Three)

During the documentary, Stacey investigates the increasing pressure facing mental health services in the UK by spending time with the frontline teams.

Thousands of young people are referred to mental health units every year and the programme is set to shed a light on the struggles patients face in deciding what kind of treatment is best.

Stacey also meets 24-year-old Laura who arrives at the hospital after attempting to jump off a bridge. Laura struggles with an eating disorder.

"Living with anorexia is like living with this big monster that makes you feel so low and so disgusting that you become really self-critical. It's like torture every single day," Laura explained.

"I first came into contact with mental health services at the age of 11. I tend to get really low and depressed and I have been in out of relapse this whole year and I think I've not had the right help."

Stacey met a number of different patients struggling with mental health battles (Credit: BBC Three)
Stacey met a number of different patients struggling with mental health battles (Credit: BBC Three)

As part of the investigation, Stacey also meets other patients including 19-year-old Kyle and 70-year-old Christine, as well as speaking to a range of experts, including Consultant Psychiatrist Dr Sean Whyte as well as ward manager, Stefanie Looker.

"So many of the people I have met have experienced some form of trauma, it hasn't been dealt with at the time and then they approach their early adult years, it's all unravelling, there's a sense of not being able to cope and they hit crisis point and find themselves in a place like this," said Stacey.

"Of course, everyone is rallying around trying to do their best and help them, but the truth is, the level of demand is just totally unmanageable."

Stacey Dooley: 'On The Psych Ward' will be available on BBC iPlayer from 6am on Wednesday 19th February.

Featured Image Credit: BBC Three

Topics: Entertainment News, Mental Health, Stacey Dooley, TV News

Lucy Devine

Lucy is a journalist working for Tyla. After graduating with a master's degree in journalism, she has worked in both print and online and is particularly interested in fashion, food, health and women's issues. Northerner, coffee addict, says hun a lot. Get in touch at [email protected]

 

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