Stacey Dooley praised by ‘heartbroken’ viewers for highlighting mental health

Stacey Dooley has been praised by viewers of Back on the Psych Ward for “shining a light” on mental health during the lockdown.

The BBC Two documentary saw Stacey return to Springfield Hospital, where she worked with the team for six months to get a first-hand look at how the coronavirus pandemic impacted patients.

The staff at the hospital treat a wide range of mental health conditions and have to make some tough decisions to help keep patients safe.

Viewers were left “heartbroken” by what Stacey encountered and the toll that the past year had taken on patients as well as the staff trying to deliver the care required.

Some who were watching questioned whether there was enough funding available for those delivering mental health care.

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In the documentary, Stacey met Coral, who was brought into Springfield by the police one night after attempting to take her life.

Coral told Stacey and the medical team that she had a long-running battle with anxiety and depression, which she attempts to self-medicate by drinking alcohol.

Stacey also got to know 21-year-old Ali, an inpatient at Springfield, who has severe obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD).

Ali said that since childhood she had rituals which have changed from repetitive tapping during stressful exams and blinking to keep her parents safe in the car to extreme bathroom routines.

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