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I shouldn’t precisely have chosen madness if there had been any choice, but once such a thing has taken hold of you, you can’t very well get out of it. Vincent van Gogh
I put my heart and my soul into my work, and have lost my mind in the process. Vincent van Gogh
Last year more than seven million viewers watched in horror as two women threw themselves into the path of oncoming traffic. They survived but the footage you are about to see is shocking and extraordinary. Incredibly, the women then turn on the officers who are trying to help them. Motorway Cops: Madness in the Fast Lane, BBC 2010
Just twenty-four hours after being released, one of the women was on the run once again. ibid.
Seconds later the other woman also runs into traffic ... The injured women are twin sisters. ibid.
The officers discover the women are forty-year-old identical twins from Sweden, Ursula and Sabina Eriksson. ibid.
The woman hit by a lorry on the M6 is in a critical condition. But just five hours after being hit by a car her twin sister Sabina Eriksson is given the all clear. ibid.
Sabina Eriksson is charged with assaulting a police officer and trespass on a motorway. ibid.
The day after she is released from custody Sabina Eriksson stabs a local man to death. ibid.
The sisters became inseparable then disappeared. A day later the sisters turned up in Liverpool. Witnesses see them on a National Express coach bound for London but they never make it that far ... The sisters set off on foot along the M6 motorway. ibid.
Sabina runs into traffic not once, not twice, but on three separate occasions. ibid.
Sabina runs on to a bridge forty feet above the A50 and jumps. ibid.
Sabina is assessed by two forensic psychiatrists. ibid.
Defence diagnosis: Induced Delusional Disorder; Prosecution diagnosis: Acute Polymorphic Psychotic Disorder. ibid.
The court case is fraught with difficulty. ibid.
He sentences her to five years. ibid.
Jesus Christ, have you ever seen that before? ibid. traffic rozzer
Each year one in four of us experience mental health problems. Around two-thirds of people with a mental health condition go untreated. The Truth About Improving Your Mental Health, BBC 2021
Anxiety levels have gone up significantly across all age groups during the pandemic. The biggest increase was for those over 60. ibid.
Like a lot of people of my generation I struggle with my mental health … Over three-quarters of men feel unable to confide to those close to them about their problems. Ross Kemp: Our Silent Emergency, BBC 2021
My name is Bijan Ebrahimi. My life is in danger. I’ve got a mob behind my door. There’s 6, 7 neighbours and I can’t go out the door because I am not safe. Murdered by a Mob: The Murder of Bijan Ebrahimi ***** emergency appeal to rozzers, Channel 5 2021
Despite calling the police, despite calling for the council repeatedly, repeatedly, he received no support. He was ignored. ibid. old dude
What part of be quiet do you not understand. Shut up. ibid. rozzer in station
The murder was described as a deeply shocking vigilante attack. The quiet disabled Iranian refugee was kicked and punched to death outside his flat on a British council estate. Doused with white spirit and then set alight. ibid. news
This has been going on for years. Where the local authority and the police have known about this. And I thought, what on earth has happened to lead to this place? How many opportunities must have been missed for Bijan to end as a burning corpse? ibid. researcher
Bijan was subject to racial abuse. He was called a [deleted]. He was called a paedophile. They would throw stones at his plants. Break the pots. They would leave rubbish on his door, beer cans that sort of thing. They’d gather late at night outside his front door. Get drunk there. It would have been a constant barrage. ibid.
Thursday 11th July 2013, two days before his murder. Bijan started filming his neighbours. Bijan films a neighbour drinking with his children. ibid.
There are 78 previous calls from this man … ibid. two rozzers response
‘The police decided to arrest Bijan.’ ibid. counsel
‘You are making it worse. Now get inside.’ ibid. rozzer
Because he had taken photographs of children who had been pulling plants up or whatever it was in his garden, therefore it was an excuse in the minds of the real perpetrators, accusing him of being a paedophile. And there was nothing worse at that time. ibid. George Fergus, Mayor of Bristol 2012-216
He was all right. Really really really polite. Always outside, always outside three, four times a day watering his flowers. And just smiling … Paedophile? No. That was just a cover … They call me names … I’m still going through racism. And nothing’s getting done about it … It’s getting worse and worse. ibid. neighbour
Home to some of Britain’s most dangerous men. Some have thrived there while others have suffered. This is the story of Broadmoor and five of its most notorious patients told by those who worked with patients there. Broadmoor: Serial Killers & High Security, Channel 5 2021
Broadmoor: it looks like a prison but is in fact a secure mental hospital. For over 150 years it has been home to those judged too dangerous to live in the outside world. And since 2019 it has been even more secure with a new custom-built hospital complex. There is only one way in and out. ibid.
Long-term patient Peter Sutcliffe was allowed four visitors per week, and they were often pen-pals who he had persuaded to meet him in person … ‘Sutcliffe always had with him a couple of young women, different women every time, always holding his hands and stroking his hands; it was very very strange.’ ibid. Fred Dinenage
Michael Peterson began what should have been a seven-year prison sentence in 1974, but his crime on the outside would pale in comparison to the wave of violent assaults he would unleash behind bars … Bronson would turn his rage on Broadmoor itself. ibid.
Across the UK record numbers of young people are struggling with their mental health. The impact of Covid and national lockdowns are seeing a rise in demand for children’s mental health services. Waiting lists are growing and there are staff shortages. Mental Health: Young Lives in Crises, BBC 2022
Rates of probable mental health conditions in England have increased in 6 – 16 years olds. In 2017 it was estimated to be 1 in 9. It’s now 1 in 6. ibid.
6 million people are on NHS waiting lists in England. Bradford on Duty IV: Healthy at Home, caption, BBC 2022
West Yorkshire police dealt with 24,000 mental health incidents in 2020. ibid.