Following on from last night’s BBC documentary about Tayside Police and the “startling” suicide rate in Scotland, Channel 4 hit the screens next week with their own series of programmes on mental health titled ‘4 Goes Mad’.
Channel 4 describe the series as “A bold season challenging mental health stigma and discrimination. One in four of us is likely to experience a mental health condition in our lifetime - but what happens when other people know your story?”
The series which has been created in collaboration with Time to Change, the anti-stigma programme run by mental health charities Mind and Rethink Mental Illness, runs over four days and seeks to challenge the public’s perception of mental illness. It sets out to explore what happens when other people know about your mental health condition, and the various impacts it can have on people’s views.
The series features Ruby Wax, who, through this documentary “casts the straight-talking actress and comedian in a new light, sharing her own vulnerabilities with humour and warmth, while mentoring and empowering people to open up about their mental illnesses.”
Comedian Jon Richardson’s obsessive behaviour is also examined. In a programme focusing on OCD “Jon admits he knows very little about the condition. With his 30th birthday approaching, he's determined to find out exactly what OCD is, what it's like for people living with this disorder and whether he actually has the condition.”
For more information on the series and the four programmes visit the 4 Goes Mad page of the Channel 4 site.
Here are the various titles and times for next week’s programmes:
Ruby Wax's Mad Confessions - Mon 23 July, 10pm
Jon Richardson: A Little Bit OCD - Tue 24 July, 10pm
World's Maddest Job Interview - Wed 25 July, 10pm (pictured above)
Obsessive Compulsive Hoarder: The Big Clear Out - Thu 26 July, 9pm
This four-part series looks hugely watchable, and will hopefully further ease the stigmas still attached to mental illness. We’d love to hear your views on the series, and on the topics raised.
Photograph: Channel 4