Mental Health: Unrestricted

Mental Health: Unrestricted is a short documentary exploring the personal experiences of mental health by young people in the London Borough of Brent. The young people were given space to say what they really feel, their fears and hopes for the future. You will hear that mental health is real and can affect anyone. Mental health is challenging, but getting through difficult situations makes you stronger and can help you realise your true potential. This film was produced by Fanon Community Development Workers and directed by Jonathan Nyati, a film producer and actor based at South Kilburn Studios.


The film was also supported by Kilburn Youth Centre, Addaction, Music and Change, and NHS Brent, as part of a wider programme of work to improve the wellbeing of young adults aged 18-25. The focus of this work is to encourage a dialogue about mental health, so young adults are more confident about accessing services at the earliest opportunity. Raising awareness of mental health and wellbeing, including how to cope and where to get help is part of a more preventative approach to mental health. The film can also be used as a training resource for services who engage with young people including mental health professionals and the police.

For more information about the film or Fanon Community Development Work contact a member of the Brent CDW Team on: 020 3397 2275 or via email to


2 Responses

  1. Fabio Gomes
    February 17, 2012, 5:10 pm

    Great video. Strong message and amazing stories. Finally the girl sing at the end she’s got a real talent.

    Well done CDW team!!!

    • March 9, 2012, 7:17 am

      The difficulty with early chlidhood mental health problems is that, while those who turn out to have problems had mental health diagnoses had odd behaviors as young children, many children with odd behaviors turn out not to have mental health diagnoses. At 21 months of age, our son spoke little and was very happy to go out of the back deck and place all of the pebbles from his pebble box in lines on the ground. At 24 months, he began to use complete sentences, recite the alphabet and moved from rocks to lining up matchbox cars all around the house. All the time. He was also really upset when we intruded on the order he was creating. We worried a bit, but he actually did grow out of it- he is now 22 years old, and an electrical engineer with no known MH diagnosis. Waiting and worrying worked for us, and I expect it works for others as well.As a pediatrician, I know that mental illness starts young, and is developmental in its expression. I also know that the range of early chlidhood behavior is wide, and it is actually really hard to predict how a child will develop (and to diagnose a 2 year old with any degree of certainty). Doctors need to walk with their patients, and have great humility as they try to help parents understand the development of a child’s psyche. Diagnosis may open the door to treatment; it can also limit our understanding of the child’s development and alter that path in ways that we will later regret.