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. 


Awards

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

I had the privilege of working with Alison Black last year on the “groundbreaking series” (Sydney Morning Herald) Changing Minds.
Mental Health has been a taboo subject, and Alison managed to show our patients going through a difficult time with pathos and empathy as well as making them human beings, no small task given the sensitive nature of the material. I would recommend her services without any hesitation whatsoever.
— Dr Mark Cross
Thanks to the likes of Liverpool Hospital head of psychiatry Mark Cross and his colleagues in Changing Minds – surely one of the most important programs in Australian television history – we now know that within every mentally ill person there is someone who can joke, love and respond to kindness just like us.
— Sydney Morning Herald October 11th 2014.