Changing Minds on Mental Health issues through television documentary and social media

Providing better support and opportunities
to the vulnerable

South Western Sydney Local Health District, Northern Pictures, Australian Broadcasting Corporation

‘Changing Minds’ was a highly regarded three-part documentary series involving patients at Liverpool
Hospital’s Mental Health Service that aired on the ABC in October 2014. The series was designed and
undertaken by South Western Sydney Local Health District and Northern Pictures to make a positive impact
on the public perception of mental illness, demystify modern treatment methods and reduce the stigma
associated with hospital environments for the mentally ill. A comprehensive consent process was developed
in consultation with the Mental Health Review Tribunal in order to film patients and get their perspective. The
series generated a large response on social media with #changingminds trending nationally.