Boston chef and consultant to appear in Stephen Fry documentary

Stephen Fry  launching the 800th anniversary celebrations at the Buttercross ANL-150707-151838009
Stephen Fry launching the 800th anniversary celebrations at the Buttercross ANL-150707-151838009

A chef and a consultant working in Boston are both set to appear in a documentary featuring Stephen Fry a week on Monday.

The programme, entitled The Not So Secret Life of the Manic Depressive: 10 Years On, will be broadcast on February 15 at 9pm, on BBC One and is a follow-up to Fry’s original documentary of the same name - The Secret Life of the Manic Depressive.

It will feature Boston chef Scott, a Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (LPFT) service user, and Dr Mithilesh Jha, a Consultant Psychiatrist working for the service.

The film shows how Stephen Fry and different people of all ages deal with bipolar. Scott, living with the condition which affects his job and his family life.

Scott said: “I’ve decided to take part in this film to show that suffering with mental health problems is quite common and there is no shame in living with bipolar. Hopefully seeing someone local on a national TV will encourage other people to speak up and seek help.”

Dr Jha is featured discussing treatment options and possible side-effects

Dr Jha said: “It was a great privilege to be a part of this documentary. Films like this play a vital role in reducing mental health stigma.

“Many people with mental health problems successfully manage their condition thanks to therapy or medication and continue to live in their community with their families. But it is important that we engage service users in choosing the treatment that is right for them – only then they will be motivated to follow it through.”

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