Film resources

CEIMH has created a wide range of high quality resources, accessible for the use of mental health educators, service users, carers, practitioners and students.

How to find a film

Our film resources are listed below alphabetically. There are also links to our most popular films in the right hand column.

These film resources were developed in collaboration with service users, carers, academics and doctors. They can be used in a variety of contexts - by mental health educators, academics, service users, carers, practitioners and students.

If you would like a transcription for any of the following films, then please contact either Tarsem Singh Cooner, or Maureen Smojkis, who will arrange to supply one.

  • A conversation with Gail Hornstein
    Psychologist Dr Gail Hornstein, speaks about the challenge of using first-person madness narratives in research and questions why the first-hand experiences of service users are not fully acknowledged by most mental health professionals
  • A conversation with Diana Rose
    Dr Diana Rose, senior lecturer in user-led research at King's College, London, talks about her research as a service user/survivor. She describes some of the challenges to undertaking user-focused research, including power relations, hierarchies of knowledge, and having a 'double identity'.
  • A conversation with Dorothy Rowe
    Dorothy Rowe, clinical psychologist and writer, speaks about her perspectives on psychology and why 'comforting lies' are often seen as preferable to 'uncomfortable truths'.
  • A conversation with Thomas Szasz
    Dr Thomas Szasz, a founder of the 'anti-psychiatry' movement, gives an overview of the ideas he has developed and written about over the past 60 years.
  • A conversation with Richard Warner
    Psychiatrist and researcher, Richard Warner, shares his views about schizophrenia.
  • Alzheimer's
    David, Malcolm and Bob reflect on how their memories have been affected by Alzheimer's, talk about their early memories and share some thoughts on the importance of attending their Memory Club.
  • Autism: a mother's emotional journey
    A mother describes how she struggled to accept her daughter's diagnosis as severely autistic.
  • Biomedical model of mental distress
    Dr Alan Farmer, consultant psychiatrist, discusses how mental distress is understood from a biomedical perspective. 
  • Carer's Equal Opportunities Act
    Members of Dudley Carers in Partnership explore the impact of being a carer. 
  • Cognitive behavioural perspectives on mental distress
    Max Birchwood, Professor of Clinical Psychology, puts forward a cognitive behavioural interpretation of mental distress.
  • Collaborative Learning Initiative (CLI)
    Alan Farmer, Max Birchwood, Philip Thomas, Jerry Tew, Tracey Holley and Pat Caplen discuss various aspects of mental distress.
  • Common Grounds event
    This event explored the relationship between community development/activism and mental health service user groups. Participants thoughts of the day were captured in these three films on Recovery, Resources and the Refugee experience.
  • 'Conversation with....' series
    CEIMH's very popular 'Conversation with' series including conversations with Thomas Szasz, Richard Warner, Dorothy Rowe, Diana Rose and Gail Hornstein.
  • Critical perspectives on the biomedical model of mental distress
    Philip Thomas, Professor of Philosophy, Diversity and Mental Health, provides a critical overview of the biomedical model of mental distress.
  • Designing for enquiry-based blended learning (DiBL)
    This event offered participants working in teams, a two-day hands-on experience of creating enquiry-based blended learning designs. 
  • Digital stories
    These resources were created with service users and carers.
  • Experiences of inpatient care
    Service users recount their pesonal experiences of becoming and being, inpatients in mental health hospitals.
  • GP consultations on depression
    These five case studies provide examples of consultations between GPs and patients with depression
  • Impact of medication
    Service users share their individual experiences of receiving psychopharmacological treatment.
  • Mental health practice case studies (Online Assessment Workbook)
    Eleven short films presenting a case study of a potentially difficult mental health situation that practitioners may need to deal with as part of their practice.
  • Mental health practice case studies (SELF project)
    Short films presenting case studies of a potentially difficult mental health situation that practitioners may need to deal with as part of their practice. 
  • Older people's experiences of mental health services
    Three older adult service users offer a glimpse of their experiences of depression and their journeys towards recovery.
  • Post-natal depression
    Sirkku Siivonen, a service user from Finland, gives an account of her experiences of post-natal depression, her road to recovery and the struggle she had achieving this.
  • Relapse prevention
    Two men recount their individual stories of manic depression and addiction to chewing khat.
  • Social perspectives on mental distress
    Dr Jerry Tew, senior lecturer in social work, discusses how mental distress can be understood from a social perspective. 
  • Supervision skills in psychiatry
    Some general principles around providing good supervision and line management of junior colleagues.
  • Tidal Model
    Developed from the work of Phil Barker and Poppy Buchanan-Barker, the Tidal Model is a different philosophical approach to the art of helping people with mental health problems.
  • Tony's story
    Tony Glynn shares his story of being a student, a story which raises issues that HE Institutions need to address when aiming to create environments which promote wellbeing and success. 
  • Tourette's syndrome
    Professor Mary Robertson, Emeritus Professor of Neuropsychiatry at University College, London, presents a lecture on 'The Epidemiology of Gilles de la Tourette Syndrome'.
  • Tracey's story
    Tracey Holley, a Narrative Practitioner and mental health service user, shares her experiences of distress, mental health services and her recovery. 
  • User and carer perspectives on mental distress
    Tracey Holley, a mental health survivor educator, and Pat Caplen, a carer with 45 years' experience, give their perspectives on mental distress.