Exclusive access sheds new light on problems facing young people today
Unprecedented numbers of children are being diagnosed with mental health disorders, being medicated, or are facing a crisis of identity. For nearly a hundred years the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust in London has been at the forefront of exploring young minds, working to offer understanding, advice and solutions to a wide range of problems. This insightful and sensitively filmed new series goes behind the doors at the Tavistock for the first time. The first film follows two children, Ash and Matt, and their mothers, as they attend the Tavistock’s Gender Identity Development Service, and wrestle with life-changing decisions such as taking hormone-blocking drugs. It’s the only NHS-run gender clinic in the UK and has seen a 100 per cent increase in referrals in recent months. The second film follows three children who attend Gloucester House, a unique NHS-run primary and early secondary school for children with complex emotional, social and behavioural problems. It has a specialist team of teachers, mental health nurses, therapists and support workers who work intensively with its 18 students, many of whom have been excluded from mainstream schools. One in three British teenage girls are now said to report symptoms of anxiety or depression: episode three tells the stories of two such girls – Demi and Maisie. Both have repeatedly self-harmed, and Demi has even attempted to take her own life. We hear their stories, watch as their families reach breaking point and witness the intensive support they receive from Tavistock clinicians.