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Stacey Dooley: On The Psych Ward Will Investigate The UK’s Mental Health Services

A new Stacey Dooley documentary is now available to watch on BBC iPlayer which will explore and investigate the UK’s mental health services. 

In Stacey Dooley: On The Psych Ward, we will see the presenter getting to know a variety of patients at Springfield Hospital in London, who are struggling with a range of mental health issues.

One of the patients Stacey encounters is Rachelle. Prior to filming, she had been held under the section for seven months. The 29-year-old said that when she was just nine-years-old she began to self-harm and was recently diagnosed with Emotional Unstable Personality Disorder (EUPD).

She described her suffering to Stacey: “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.”

Within the last year, Rachelle has attempted suicide 50 to 60 times and 80 times throughout her life.

She told Stacey: “There’s a lot of reasons [why]

“[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.”

Credit: BBC Three

During the documentary, the 32-year-old presenter uncovers the rapidly demanding pressure of the mental health services in the UK through working with the frontline team.

Each year, thousands of young people are being referred to mental health units – which this programme hopes to shed light on.

The documentary will explore the options that each struggling patient has in terms of treatments.

During Stacey’s time at the hospital, she also meets 24-year-old Laura, who arrived at the hospital after attempting to jump off a bridge. She has admitted struggling with an eating disorder.

Laura explained: “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.

“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.”

In the course of the investigation, Stacey is introduced to patients Kyle (19-years-old) and Christine (70-years-old), as well as a range of experts, which includes Consultant Psychiatrist Dr Sean Whyte and ward manager, Stefanie Looker.

Stacey spoke about the experience: “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.

“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 Pysch Ward will be available to watch on BBC iPlayer from 6 am today.

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