Airing late August Holby City is dedicating a whole episode to the subject of mental health. Much of the action in the show will take place on the roof of the fictional hospital, as one of the characters, Dr. Sacha Levy, played by Bob Barrett, struggles after a devastating surgical outcome for a favourite patient.

Bob Barrett as Dr. Sacha Levy in Holby City

The writer and producers worked alongside MIND, the mental health charity, for the episode. Simon Harper, the executive producer, said the writer, Michelle Lipton, “Shines a light on the issue of male mental health and how it can slip under the radar because of the reluctance of men like Sacha, who avoid seeking help for fear of appearing weak.”

Michelle Lipton – Scriptwriter

Jenni Regan, a MIND spokesman said: “It’s great to to see that Holby City is shining a spotlight on the issue of depression in men.” She went on to add: “When done well, it can encourage more people to seek help.”

Jenni Lipton

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The Holby City series was created by Tony McHale and Mal Young as a spin off from the established BBC medical drama Casualty. It premiered on January 1999.