Scripted Short Form Comedy Format

Mental

Available as
Format
DURATION
4 x 30' & 11 x 11' (2 seasons)
BROADCASTER
YLE TV2, Finland
PRODUCED BY
It's Alive Films
YEAR OF PRODUCTION
2016
COUNTRY OF PRODUCTION
Finland
Available in
HD
“Mental” is a wake-up call for a whole generation that starts life as a carefully seeded viral internet campaign to provoke a dialogue around mental health.

From a music video filmed in a psychiatric hospital then released on Youtube click here to watch, to famous Vloggers talking about their own mental health challenges, the unspoken pain, loneliness and depression commonly experienced by a generation is brought into the open, building receptivity to the scripted format that is released in both bite-sized narratives online and as half hour programmes on linear TV.

The scripted format is a powerful drama, based on true stories, about four troubled teens and their journey to a secure psychiatric ward.  Substance-abusing dad, bullying at school, and the good girl syndrome are some of the reasons why they end up in a locked ward. Their stories are personal, but universal themes tell the tale many teenagers face and this shocking but also humorous drama takes a big step towards banishing the stigma around mental illness. 

Original language version: Sekasin

Format produced in Italy and France

Cast
Anssi Niemi
Cast
Elias Westerberg
Cast
Anna Böhm
Director
Teemu Nikki