Dr Rhiannon Lewis, Clinical Psychologist Wandsworth Youth Offending Team
James Perkins, Safer London
Unmesh Desai, British Labour Party politician and Labour’s London Assembly Spokesperson on Policing and Crime. Since May 2016 he has represented City and East in the London Assembly.
Postcode wars: PTSD in the streets of London
Director & Presenter: Jasmine Wing
Producer: Richie Luwawa –
The short-documentary aims to highlight the mental health issues, particularly the condition; post-traumatic stress disorder, amongst young people in underprivileged neighborhoods in London. This short-film intends to uphold the perception that the collective in discussion who are regularly exposed to harrowing events have normalized the violence and consequently are desensitized to violent and criminal activities. This film hopes to bring the issue of mental health amongst young vulnerable people, maybe of whom are going undiagnosed, to the attention of those who are suffering, in positions to provide help and bring this to the attention of those who may have presumptions but are not aware of the daily realities of some people living in the capital. With the aim to change attitudes, encourages others to seek medical help and subsequently reduce violence behavior amongst youth in urban communities in London in particular. Jasmine Wing’s hypothesis: “I aim to provide supporting evidence that some young people (aged 15-25 years old), living in ‘urban areas of London’ such as, Peckham, have become desensitized to criminal activity due to early encounters and/or regular exposure to violent, traumatic and/or criminal behavior. Consequently, I believe these experiences have contributed to these types of activities, which to the general public would be absurd, to be normalized by the young people in discussion. I aim to demonstrate, from their recollected accounts of their behavior and their specific attitudes, that many young people are suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, but may or may not be aware of this. Not only are the subjects of the suffering not aware, but the general public are unaware of the continually contributing factors to the gang violence in the city, but only seem to associate PTSD with war veterans, I argue this is not the case”.