Shared Decision Making for Depression
This half hour video, created in partnership with service users of Moving Forward Newcastle, uses a fictional character called John who is experiencing symptoms of depression and receives support from a close friend as well as his GP to make an informed decision about the best treatment option for him.
It is designed to raise awareness amongst the public and mental health professionals about the value of shared decision making for helping people recover from mental health problems. The film can also be used as a teaching and training aid for medical, health and social care professionals wanting to understand more about shared decision making.
John's story was developed by service users of Moving Forward Newcastle, many of whom appear in the film as actors. It also features interviews with a health psychologist, a GP and a clinical lead of Newcastle Talking Therapies discussing the value of shared decision making in mental health care. The film also features former heavyweight boxer Frank Bruno MBE, who has experience of mental health problems.
As well as raising awareness about the value of shared decision making in helping people recover from mental health problems, the film is also intended to reduce the stigma surrounding mental health, which is still a major barrier to people seeking help sooner rather than later.