One in ten teenagers have a mental health problem. There has been a 68% rise in hospital admissions relating to self-harm among young teenage girls in the past decade. (Source NHS)
Girls on the Edge is an hour-long observational documentary, for BBC Two, following three families whose daughters have been sectioned under the Mental Health Act to protect them from harming themselves. The teenagers are all being treated at Fitzroy House. Their detainment is indefinite and the film explores the impact on them, their parents and siblings who don’t know when they’ll be allowed home.
Told in their own words with directness and raw honesty, the film aims to remove shame and stigma surrounding mental illness as well as explore some of the pressures on young people growing up.