For this assignment at University of Salford, I have been tasked with pitching my idea to my tutor to see if it is suitable for a show we had to pick. I chose to do a BBC Three Short Documentary as originally planned but the idea had changed to a day in the life of a paranoid schizophrenic. Whilst researching this idea I found a lot of interesting facts like “It affects about 1 in every 100 people and it usually starts during early adulthood. It does not mean that you have a split personality or that you are likely to be violent. The symptoms of schizophrenia can be split into ‘positive’ and ‘negative’ symptoms.” (Rethink Mental Illness, n.a)
The feedback that was provided from my tutor was very positive as I pitched my idea and found a couple of contributors who fit perfectly for the program. I found an interesting girl who is schizophrenic and has been very open about her struggles with it, I have emailed but had no response yet. Another contributor who I thought would be perfect for the program is an expert in the field of mental health and could shed some light why this is happening and what happens to the brain. All of this and information from charities such as ‘Mind for better mental health’ want to get the word out about the mental illness and the sigma surrounding it.
The only piece of advice that my tutor gave me was to think of back up contributors just in case one fell through and to also think about the locations it would be set if it was in oversea territory or it was local in the UK. Apart from that he stated he would like to have seen this program being made once researched and had all the relevant contacts to make it happen.
What are the causes of schizophrenia? – Rethink Mental Illness, the mental health charity. Rethink.org. Retrieved 12 March 2017, from https://www.rethink.org/diagnosis-treatment/conditions/schizophrenia/causes