Katrina is a 22-year-old student at a top drama school who lives with her mother, Linda, in south east London. She was first diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder three years ago after an extreme manic episode during her second year at university. She was eventually sectioned and admitted to a psychiatric hospital. When she is manic, she has turbulent mood swings and can spend hundreds of pounds shopping. In December 2012, after an argument over an iPhone, Katrina threatened her mum and was admitted to Lambeth triage ward. She is currently much improved and taking medication to regulate her moods. Katrina has signed up to an art course and is hoping to return to university next year.
Dominic, a 44-year-old high flyer Dominic was admitted to Lambeth triage ward – a mental health A&E for patients in crisis – after trying to commit suicide. He is married to Rachel, a teacher at an independent school in south London, and they have four children aged between 11 and 18. Dominic was diagnosed with bipolar affective disorder in 2010 and his career as a creative director in an IT company started to spiral as his mental health deteriorated in 2012. After a second attempt on his life, he returned to triage and was re-diagnosed with a personality disorder. Dominic speaks openly about living with mental illness; his wife and children also talk about the profound impact his illness has on family life and how they cope. He's now self-employed and having regular therapy to try and tackle the roots of his unhappiness.