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#TVforTeachers – Pick of the Week – Professor Green: Suicide and Me

As part of ERA’s commitment to helping licence holders make best use of the material available to them, we have decided to start highlighting our ‘top pick’ each week. We’re hoping to reveal multiple educational uses for a single episode, series, or film with enough time to act as a ‘heads up’ for teachers to be able to record, or access the material.

As a part of BBC3’s Breaking the Mould season, rapper Professor Green will present a programme discussing the impact a suicide can have on those left behind. Professor Green: Suicide and Me  (9pm, Tuesday 27th October 2015, BBC3) explores the issue on a personal and national level, and asks how British society can destigmatize the discussion of mental health.

From the BBC:

UK rapper Professor Green, aka Stephen Manderson, takes an intensely personal journey to uncover the truth behind the suicide of his father seven years ago. His platinum hit Read All About It and songs such as Goodnight have given fans a glimpse into this tragic story. But now for the first time Stephen discovers what really happened to his dad. Opening up to close family for the first time about his estrangement from his father, reconnecting with old relatives, meeting others affected by suicide and laying bare his own demons, Stephen faces tough answers.

Through this journey, Stephen explores the wider scourge of male suicide in the UK. As the biggest single killer of men under 45, latest figures show suicide accounts for nearly 5,000 male deaths a year in the UK. By understanding the complex factors behind it, the stigma around it and some of the ways it is being tackled, Stephen highlights the urgency of addressing this most pressing of problems.

By using this programme (or extracts from it) during a PSHE lesson, you can introduce a topic that is usually consider difficult to talk about in an extremely accessible way.


Other programmes airing this week that look at mental health issues in modern Britain:

Panorama: Britain’s Mental Health Crisis (8.30pm, Monday 26th October 2015, BBC1)

From the BBC:

We go inside one of the UK’s largest frontline mental health trusts. With funding cuts drastically reducing bed numbers, we follow the teams through their daily decision making of who to let in and who send home. We film with the nurses as they deal with the suicidal, aggressive and the isolated in the community and hear how the system is so overloaded and other support services so decimated that staff feel they often struggle to meet all their patients’ needs.

All in the Mind: Teenage Mental Health (9pm, Tuesday 27th October 2015, BBC Radio 4)

From the BBC:

As evidence accumulates that mental health problems are on the rise amongst adolescents, are services keeping up? Claudia Hammond is joined by a panel of experts to discuss teenage mental health.

Professor Shirley Reynolds, Dr Dickon Bevington, Kimberley Robinson and Sarah Hulyer discuss the pressures teenagers face and how the mental health of our adolescents is changing. They also offer thoughts on how services could be reshaped to cope with this changing demand and what parents can do to help their teenagers.


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