Changing Minds: The Inside Story
Series 1 - 2014 | Series 2 - 2015 | Produced by Northern Pictures for the ABC (with Blackwatch's Alison Black as Creator and Supervising Producer)
Brave, raw and sometimes funny, for the first time Australian television viewers went inside the locked wards of one of the country’s busiest Mental Health Units.
Changing Minds: The Inside Story was given unprecedented access to the wards of Liverpool Hospital’s Mental Health Unit. Some patients were there voluntarily. Others were detained under the Mental Health Act and are not free to leave. Some patients understand they are unwell – others don’t. If doctors believe they may harm themselves or others, they have the right to detain them.
From electro convulsive therapy, to modern psychiatric drug regimes, access was unprecedented. Patients who are treated in Liverpool’s Mental Health Unit are, by definition, unwell, and may be a danger to themselves and others. But with treatment, comes change.
By following the daily work of Clinical Director of Psychiatry Dr Mark Cross and his team, taboos were challenged, stigmas were confronted. Raw and uncomfortable viewing, but the message is clear – help is available.
Logie nominated for Most Outstanding Factual Program 2015
New York Festival Gold Award 2016
New York Festival Silver Award 2015
NSW Premier's Award for Public Service NSW 2015