Friday, 21 May 2010

Documentary

The sound of my recorded voice always catapults me up the cringe factor scale. Hearing myself on the BBC4 documentary 'Mental: A History of the Madhouse' was no exception. However, I'm pleased that the programme makers took a sobering look at the dark side of the history of psychiatry. What went on in those places needs to come out in the open. And, as I once read somewhere: 'Once you know, you can't unknow.'

By the way, if anyone who's interested missed it, BBC4 are repeating it on Tuesday 25th May at 11.30pm.

6 comments:

sabita gurney-branford said...

Dear Jean have just read your book the dark thread and could relate to all you experienced as i am a survivor of psychiatric abuse and have witnessed & experienced abuse that lead to fatalities and hope to write a book about community care. Hope to meet you in person one day as psychiatry has done its best to isolate me from the survivor movemant. They re3fused to address my pressing housing needs for eight years reswulting in me jumping in the river thames but i survived minus a strong right ankle, now hobble around on crutches. Like you i was drugged up to the hilt and believed that damaged had been done to my brian am under a nurologist whom i am seeing on Thursday.

Lane said...

Damn I missed it. But it's still on iplayer so am going to watch it tonight.

Lane said...

Just watched it Jean. What an excellent programme - although completely harrowing. Such awful stories.

You came across brilliantly. I'm so glad I watched it.

Jean said...

Sabita - Thank you for visiting my blog and for sharing your experience. I do hope that things will start improving for you. Warmest wishes to you.

Lane - I'm glad you were able to watch the programme and that you found it interesting. And many thanks for your comments.

Karen said...

You've been on Radio 4? I'm SO impressed! Will listen to the interview on iplayer if it's still there :o)

Jean said...

Karen - It was on BBC4 TV (not radio) Monday 17th and repeated Tuesday 25th. I think it was only on iplayer for seven days after the last programme.