Holby City: Dr. Sacha Levy has planned a special episode of mental health

Holby City: Dr. Sacha Levy has planned a special episode of mental health

Later this month, Holby City will spend an episode centered on the mental health of Dr Sacha Levy (Bob Barrett).

The BBC drama worked with Mind for the special episode.

Most of the episode is set on the roof of the hospital, to document Dr Levy's struggles.

The longtime doctor is not doing well with his emotions after a devastating surgical result for one of his favorite patients.

"Bob's performance is absolutely heart-wrenching"

Simon Harper, executive producer of Holby City

Viewers will see scenes from a new perspective, as Dr Levy goes back to his difficult year at Holby.

Speaking of the episode, Holby executive producer Simon Harper said, "This is an incredibly important episode of Holby, in which we completely abandon our normal format, focusing on a problematic year in the life of a beloved character and vulnerable.

"The brilliant writer Michelle Lipton sheds light on the vital problem of male mental health and how it can slip under the radar because of the reluctance of many men like Sacha, who avoid seeking help for fear of appearing weak.

"Bob's performance is absolutely heart-wrenching and the producer of the series, Kate Hall, and I are so proud of him.

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SPECIAL: Dr Levy will be at the center of an episode that looks at mental health

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LONG-SERVING: Bob Barrett has been in Holby City since 2010

"We are also very grateful to the Mind and all the support and advice they have given us about this story."

Mind & # 39; s Jenni Regan said: "The media have a huge role in shaping public attitudes, educating people and encouraging people to seek support.

"It's good to see that Holby City is turning the spotlight on the issue of depression and suicide rates in men, particularly using such a popular and beloved character, Sacha.

"We know when dramatic mental health representations are well done, it can have the potential to improve attitudes towards those with mental health problems and encourage more people to seek help.

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STRUGGLING: Dr. Levy is facing a devastating result of surgery on a favorite patient

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POWERFUL: Holby's executive producer said he was proud of Bob Barrett's performance

"Mind & # 39; s Media Advice Service encourages and supports positive and realistic dramatic representations of mental health problems. The service works with a large number of dramas and series of continuous dramas every week and attempts to include input from experienced people with problems. of mental health, to help shape scripts and plot.

"If you think you or a loved one may be a mental health problem, seeking help is one of the most important things you can do." Talk to a friend or family member or visit your family doctor, who can speak through support. available or call the Mind Infoline at 0300 123 3393 for more information. "

The episode is called Man Down and will air on BBC One at the end of the month.

Holby City continues Wednesday at 8:00 pm on BBC One.