New Stacey Dooley Doc Explores Life Inside A Psychiatric Hospital
A new Stacey Dooley documentary premiering on the BBC this month will explore life inside a psychiatric hospital.
In Stacey Dooley: On The Psych Ward, the presenter spends three weeks at the Springfield Hospital in London, where she will be looking into the increasing pressure facing the UK's mental health services.
Latest estimates put the number of people living with a mental condition at one in three, with most first experiencing mental health problems when they are young.
At Springfield, which is one of the oldest mental health units in the UK, viewers will see Dooley join the front line of mental health services.
Rather than being a passive observer, she will work with staff while dealing directly with patients, playing a role in 'making incredibly tough decisions on what is best' for those affected by mental health issues.
Dooley will also speak to a range of experts including consultant psychiatrist Dr Sean Whyte and ward manager, Stefanie Looker.
Hoping to shed a light on the various struggles people face, in the programme Dooley meets people with all manner of backgrounds and stories, including a woman in her 20s called Rachelle, who has been diagnosed with EUPD (Emotionally Unstable Personality Disorder).
She also interviews someone called Laura, who has been sectioned after being found on a motorway bridge, threatening to jump. Having been brought to the 136 unit - so called because it is the local designated place of safety as defined under section 136 of the Mental Health Act - she opens up to Dooley, explaining how many of her mental health issues stem from traumas in her earlier life.
Stacey Dooley: On The Psych Ward will be available on BBC Three from 6am on Wednesday 19 February.
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In the meantime, Stacey Dooley fans can also watch her most recent hard-hitting doc, Stacey Dooley Investigates: The Whale Hunters, which came out last month.
In the programme, she visits Norway and the Faroe Islands to delve into the world of whaling - in both its traditional and commercial forms - to see how moral, ethical or environmentally friendly it really is.
During the film, Dooley travels to the Lofoten Islands and joins a fishing crew during their week-long commercial whaling trip in the Arctic Circle.
On the second day, Dooley watches on as the group catch a five-tonne, seven-metre-long minke whale and shoot it with a cannon-style gadget featuring an in-built grenade, killing it instantly on impact.
While minke whales are not currently under thread from extinction and are therefore legal to hunt in Norway, Dooley looks shocked by the brutality she's witnessed.
At another point in the programme, she also travels to the Faroe Islands to learn about the 1,000 year-old tradition of the grind, where pilot whales, white-sided dolphins and bottle-nosed dolphins are beached and slaughtered
Here, the hunt is not a job, it is tradition - with kills recorded and the meat given out free to those involved in the killing.
Islanders defend the slaughter as sustainable and culturally important, and maintain that the death is instant and that animals are not in distress or pain during the grind.
But Dooley also meets with marine conservation group the Sea Shepherds, who believe that the killing is inhumane and unregulated, meaning the mammals often suffer before they die.
Stacey Dooley Investigates: The Whale Hunters is available to watch on BBC iPlayer now.
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