One South: Portrait of a Psych Unit Premieres June 25 on HBO

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A new two-part documentary series, “One South: Portrait of a Psych Unit,” premiering on HBO June 25, 2024, provides a unique and intimate perspective on mental health crises, specifically among young adults.

The series offers an unprecedented look behind closed doors at the inpatient psychiatric unit of Zucker Hillside Hospital in Queens, New York. “One South” is unique in that it is one of the only units in the United States specializing in treating college students facing severe mental health issues.

The documentary introduces viewers to patients grappling with a range of mental health challenges. From a young woman struggling with anxiety after a drop in her GPA to a young man battling depression and recovering from an overdose, the series portrays the raw and emotional journey of these individuals. It also follows a first-generation college student repeatedly contemplating suicide, highlighting the importance of specialized treatment programs.

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The film echoes the trajectory of a hospital admission, from intake to discharge, providing an honest portrayal of the treatment process, including group therapy, one-on-one meetings, and mindfulness activities.

“One South” shines a spotlight on the dedicated team of mental health professionals, including psychiatrists, psychologists, nurses, social workers, and mental health workers, as they rush to evaluate, stabilize, and support their patients. The series also addresses the impact of the work on the staff, showing them meeting privately to support each other.

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The series aims to demystify the treatment process and address misconceptions about mental health. It explores the fine line between patients wanting to give up and helping them find reasons to live, navigate their mental health struggles, and heal. The limitations of the U.S. healthcare system are also brought to light, underscoring the urgent need for such programs.

“One South: Portrait of a Psych Unit” is a two-part documentary series premiering at 9:00pm on HBO on Tuesday June 25, 2024.

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