Production Company: White Boat TV
Client: Best Beginnings
Writer: Chris Godwin
Director: Chris Godwin
GOLD, EVCOM, best drama, 2016
Highly Commended, Public Health Film Festival, 2016
Winner – Innovation in Health Visiting, 2016, Journal of Health Visiting Awards
Winner – Contribution to Mental Health and Attachment, 2016, JHV Awards
Beyond Baby Blue was commissioned by the charity, Best Beginnings, as a response to increasing evidence that healthcare professionals and students lack knowledge and confidence to care and support women with mental health conditions (McCauley et.al 2011; Kahn 2015; Hauck, et.al 2015). Based on accounts from women with post natal depression, the film focusses on a teenage mother, struggling with isolation and shame around inexplicable loathing towards her child.
The aim of the film was to enhance the understanding of Post Natal Depression among health professionals, but also to bring about policy change.
An evaluation of the film was done by London Southbank University and Barts Health NHS Trust:
The film was described as powerful and emotional in terms of how it stimulated discussion and reflection on experiences; which highlighted a number of issues in relation to the current provision of care; the role of healthcare professionals; improvements needed in care and the issue of education and training.