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Challenging ideas in mental health: Track 1

Mental health service users often feel - and often are - disempowered from taking control of their own destiny. The video tracks on this album tell the story of people who have been confined to the psychiatric wing of a large Northern hospital. Scripted and acted by mental health service users/survivors, A Quiet Night on Roundhay Wing presents an insiders' perspective on the people and practices that have dominated – and defined – their lives, often over many years. Although the events portrayed did not actually take place, it is a true story in the sense that it is grounded in and reflects people's real experiences. The audio tracks explore some of the issues raised by the drama, and present perspectives on the album from Ann Mitchell, lecturer in mental health nursing at The Open University. The material forms part of The Open University course K272, Challenging ideas in mental health.

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Track 1: Challenging ideas in mental health

A short introduction to this album.


© The Open University 2009


Tracks in this podcast:

Track   Title Description
1 Challenging ideas in mental health    A short introduction to this album. Play now Challenging ideas in mental health
2 A quiet night on Roundhay Wing    An abstract dramatisation set in the year 2000. We are introduced to Roundhay Ward, a psychiatric wing of a large hospital in Leeds. Play now A quiet night on Roundhay Wing
3 The lost souls    A patient (Jonathan X) wakes up from a dream surrounded by 3 lost souls. They tell him the only way he can be released form the spell of Roundhay ward is to see Remo - the terrifying shape shifting dictator. Play now The lost souls
4 The journey begins    Jonathan X goes to meet Remo with the lost souls, demanding to be released from the spell. He tells them to go and seek the King of the magic bullet makers. Play now The journey begins
5 The eternal day centre    Jonathan X and the lost souls start their perilous journey to the magic bullet makers. They find one, and demand he tells them where to find the King. Play now The eternal day centre
6 Nobody's fools    Jonathan X and the lost souls find the King, and confront him about his spell over Roundhey Ward, demanding their release. All are surprised by his response… Play now Nobody's fools
7 Roundhay Wing - service users' reactions    Service users' immediate responses after viewing the dramatisation Play now Roundhay Wing - service users' reactions
8 Roundhay Wing - service providers' reactions    Service providers' immediate responses after viewing the dramatisation Play now Roundhay Wing - service providers' reactions
9 Mental health - business or service?    Two people with differing views on Mental Health as Business, in particular the use of medication. The discussion is chaired by Liz Barclay. Play now Mental health - business or service?
10 Reflecting on recovery    A discussion between three people with differing views on mental health recovery, chaired by Liz Barclay. Play now Reflecting on recovery
11 Challenging stereotypes    Ann Mitchell of the K272 course team talks about her own background and the philosophy that underpins The Open University course. Play now Challenging stereotypes
12 Exploring the issues    Ann Mitchell of the K272 course team explores some of the issues raised by the tracks on this album. Play now Exploring the issues