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Jermaine

Jermaine

Name: Jermaine Cameron Pinnock
Age: 26
Year of the Fix: 2009
Location: Birmingham
Campaign: I made a film tackling the stigma of schizophrenia. 

I have experienced the heartache of witnessing a family member battle schizophrenia. My sister Charlene was diagnosed with the condition at the age of 16. It was a very difficult and painful time. We knew something was wrong but couldn’t put a label on what was actually happening to her, we were very much in the dark.

 

I’ve since learned that early diagnosis is key to recovery.  As a filmmaker, I wanted to make a film which would help people identify the symptoms of the early onset of schizophrenia and encourage them to get help. I also wanted to do something to reduce the stigma and shame associated with mental illness.

 

I know I’m not going to change things single-handedly, but I wanted to do what I could do using my skills to focus on mental health onscreen. I hope to make people ask questions about the knowledge of the condition and also our perceptions of mental health.

I'd like to thank the following people for helping me with my Fix:

 

Samson Ikhara Crystal Morris
Mairi McFarlane Hardev Kang
Darryn Gough Saul Augustus-Dore
Graham Hill Charles Hemmings
Adelaide Obeng Isabel Harris
Nicole Young Rich Roberts
Kelly Griffiths Corey Campbell
Nicola Brown Ayesha Clarke
Mark Thomas Adam Davies
Joanna Hoare San Ting Sandy Wong
Kristal Malin Ashley Hodgkiss
Lesley Moore Rekico Cooper
Ciccone Cooper Qiwen He
Hayley Clibbery Sarah McDonagh
Ryan Cooper James Baudouy
Amy MacDonald Amrit Phull
Dem Nandhra Olu Amudipe

 

Dr Rachel Upthegrove, Consultant Psychiatrist

Thank you for appearing in my ITV Broadcast to talk about the important of recognising schizophrenia.

 

Imogen Kelly, Rethink Mental Health Charity

Thank you to Imogen Kelly for appearing in my ITV Broadcast.

 

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