TV programmes essential viewing

16 Sep, 2015

ashley dadAttitude TV has created two moving, interesting and inspiring documentaries in recent weeks.

Sunday's episode of Attitude TV, Seclusion, tells the story of Ashley Peacock, who has been kept in seclusion in a Wellington hospital for almost five years.

Ashley loves to sing and dance. He loves his family, and he has a particular affinity for animals. He’s a keen surfer and trout fisher.

And he’s been kept in seclusion for almost five years, isolated in a small room for 22 hours a day.

He lives with autism, behavioural challenges and mental health issues, but his parents believe there is a better alternative to caring for him than the care he is currently receiving.

Meanwhile, another Attitude TV production, Surviving Schizophrenia focuses on three remarkable people – Elyn Saks, Debra Lampshire and Paris Williams.

All are world experts on mental health, and all have their own personal experiences of mental illness.

They use their own experiences as a platform to debunk the myths and stigma surrounding schizophrenia, and to teach you to change the way you think about mental illness. Surviving Schizophrenia is stirring and uplifting.

Take some time to watch one or both of these documentaries, and share them with others.

The full episodes are available on