New Channel 4 TV Series on Mental Health – Losing It: Our Mental Health Emergency


As attitudes to mental health change during a surge in the number of people asking for help or harming themselves, this series joins the frontline care services in Nottinghamshire

Outline Series 01

Channel 4 begins broadcasting a new series on mental health on Tuesday 21 January 2020 at 10 pm.

Titled Losing It: Our Mental; Health Emergency, the series gains access to Nottinghamshire Healthcare, one of the UK’s largest mental health trusts.

With demand rising and resources stretched like never before, this series explores the unprecedented pressure on mental health services and the seemingly impossible decisions that clinicians have to make every day.

The series places viewers at the heart of the complex decision-making process, giving a unique insight into the pressures and challenges mental health trusts and patients must deal with daily.

Told with a frank first person perspective, this series gives a very personal view of mental illness in 2019; the tragedy, humour and complex challenges.

Outline Series 01, Episode 01

Two weeks after becoming a mum, Laura is sectioned having tried to drive into a brick wall.

And is 11-year-old Briena really suicidal, or is the underlying diagnosis more complicated?

About Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

Nottinghamshire Healthcare provides integrated healthcare services, including mental health, intellectual disability and physical health services.

Over 9000 dedicated staff provide these services in a variety of settings, ranging from the community through to acute wards, as well as secure settings.

The Trust manages two medium secure units, Arnold Lodge in Leicester and Wathwood Hospital in Rotherham, and the high secure Rampton Hospital near Retford.

It also provides healthcare in prisons across the East Midlands.

Its budget for 2019/20 is £465m.

Why Do It?

The Trust made the decision to take part in the series in April 2019 to try and further reduce the stigma associated with mental illness.

The production company, Story Films, has an impressive track record in making sensitive films that deal with difficult topics.

Filming took place across Nottinghamshire during the summer of last year and features patients with a wide variety of diagnoses, including young people, families and people in crisis.

Production & Filming Details

  • Production: Story Films.
  • Distributor: Channel 4.
  • Release Date: 21 January 2020 (UK).
  • Running Time: 50 minutes.

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