In the wake of the tragic death of Jeremy Kyle Show guest Steve Dymond , former participants have come forward to document their treatment on the ITV programme.
With Steve's friends worried he took his own life after failing a lie detector test on the show, former participant Harry Henson has told Mirror Online of how he was left close to suicide, homeless and hopeless after his 2015 stint on the programme.
The Jeremy Kyle Show has made it clear to viewers over the years that their lie detector test is not 100% accurate.
Here's Harry talking about his harrowing experience in his own words.
Harry Henson, 30, from Barnet – episode in 2015
Harry went on the show to prove his innocence over accusations he'd stolen a set of golf clubs from his mother's partner. He claims he was left homeless and suicidal by his treatment on the show – and says he's only just repaired his broken family relationships four years after the lie detector test incorrectly indicated he was a thief.
It was really, really, really f**king bad. I got disowned by my family because of it and nearly killed myself.
I went on the show convinced I'd be proven innocent, but I was really shocked when the lie detector test results came back to say I'd lied.
I was coming off cocaine and cannabis at the time and the stress of the show made me relapse really badly.
Pretty much the care after that was rubbish – it felt like I got abused in a way, like I was taken the piss out of.
I was homeless because of it, I got disowned and at Christmas I had to sit on the doorstep of my mum's house.
I literally went through five or six weeks really bad on drugs and alcohol. I was coming off it but that made it really worse again.
And cos I was homeless and no one wanted to speak to me, I was waking up on benches, I was contemplating suicide and it was driving me mental.
I was getting threatened by people in my area, they were threatening to stab me so I couldn't even go to my mum's house. I couldn't even go to the area where I'm from.
It was distressing, I was crying most of the time. I even walked up to the train station and was standing there going, 'I can't f**king do this anymore, it's a joke'.
I had a really bad experience. I'm glad they can actually see it now for what it is. It's meant to be a talk show, it's not meant to bring vulnerable people there and take the piss out of them and then tell them to bugger off home after ruining your ilfe.
It was very bad for me – distressing, I had to go on Mirtazapine and Citalopram. I've got a personality disorder and ADHD and the way I got treated afterwards, I felt like a dog.
It was shameful, I felt violated because there was no aftercare, they just shoved me in a taxi and that was it.
My brother was screaming when Steve [the show's security guard] was grabbing me. When he grabbed me he was on my chest squeezing me, I couldn't breathe, that's why I kicked the wall trying to get him off me because I couldn't breathe.
I had four panic attacks outside the ITV studio and no one came to sit with me or see if I was alright. I felt on my own after that. It was very, very distressing.
I feel sorry for that guy [Steve Dymond], if he's had to do that because of the show. I've been in that same situation as him, I didn't have the balls to do it.
I was very close though, I went to the train station and was standing there just thinking, 'look, I'm being threatened by knives, I've been disowned by my family, you have ruined my life'.
And then a couple of months later we found the golf clubs and everyone was crying, my mum said sorry to me.
I don't know why the lie detector said I was lying when I was telling the truth. Obviously I had a history of stealing, that's why I went on the show, I thought they might actually be able to help me, and honestly it was just horrible.
I sat in a prison box room for seven hours before I went on the show, and I was telling them, 'I don't want to do it, I'm having anxiety, I don't want to go on the stage' and they were bringing me these sandwiches saying 'you'll be alright'.
I saw on This Morning that White Dee was saying all the support she got, but I didn't get any of that.
On the lie detector they asked me eight or nine questions, they didn't just ask the specific question.
They were asking 'have you ever taken stuff before, have you done this or that'. I'd taken stuff before from family but this time I knew I was telling the truth.
That's why I went there, because my mum wouldn't talk to me unless I went there and proved myself. It just made things 100 times worse.
And when I heard this on the TV I felt really sorry for the guy, and his family. I read what they said about the show, how it ruined his life, and honestly it ruins people's lives.
You see on TV it helps people but you never see the aftercare – Graham [the show's psychologist] just runs off and there's literally nothing.
They offered me one psychologist appointment for 10 minutes, that was it. I was so distressed afterwards, I actually rang up the ITV studio and said to them, 'please don't air that on TV, because if people see that round my area I will get in trouble and I'll have people after me'.
Still to this day I have people after me. They don't believe me, and because they've seen the show they say, 'we saw the lie detector, it never lies'.
Well it does because I'm telling the truth. The only ones who believe me are my mum and brother, I've only literally just got a relationship back with them recently.
It split my family in half. I was waking up on a bench in Trafalgar Square and I was drinking, I'd just had enough.
Before the show I was coming off of cocaine and cannabis but after that I relapsed really badly, I sank into a deep depression.
Even now it makes me feel upset talking about it, it brings back bad memories. It was horrible, the distress that show put me through, they need to realise what they do to people.
It's meant to be a talk show, it's not meant to be getting vulnerable people on, take the piss out of them and then let the lie detector lie.
I don't know if I was one of the 5% that it happens to, it's like 95% sure. I think that lie detector is a complete joke.
I've gone through a lot of emotional stress, I'm just sick of it. I feel sorry for that guy so much.
They should treat people like humans, they're just using them – that's how I feel when I watch the show every day I feel so sorry for everyone because they don't know what they're getting themselves in to.
I've only just come out of that dark place, it was horrible. It was like a mad house, I just didn't want to be there and I kept telling them.
I couldn't live in Barnet any more, I had to move to London – it was the only place I felt safe.
I slept rough for six or seven weeks and even after that I was on and off homeless because of the show, because arguments kept coming up.
Still today my mum apologises for blaming me. It was a whole mad experience and Jeremy Kyle deserves everything he gets.
I found him intimidating, it wasn't like he was trying to help me, I was just there for his comical talk. I was just there to be laughed at, and the crowd didn't make me feel comfortable, they were jeering me. You can see how distressed I am on the show.
I know what Steve Dymond gone through, it's sad that it's taken this to make people realise that the show is just a joke. It's not good to take the piss out of vulnerable people, because that's what happens – people kill themselves.
Everyone has different problems. It was shocking really, the aftercare was crap and the way I got treated by security – I literally got dragged out of the ITV studio by him, I said to him when he put me down outside, 'f**king hell mate' but he didn't say anything, he just walked back in. My chest for a couple of days after that was hurting, he's a big bloke.
He picked me up and squeezed me, I couldn't f**king breathe and it was making me more angry.
I think the whole show, the people who work there and Jeremy Kyle, they're all in it together.
They try and find these vulnerable people to go on the show so their ratings go up – I even heard one of the producers saying it, they said we need to find some more people to get our ratings up, like we need to find more idiots.
I don't know what's going on with that show but it's not right. I think it should be taken down. Just to stop this happening to other people.
All it does is makes people look like tramps and you can laugh at them. It's genuinely not funny.
I was close to that myself, I was inches away from suicide. I'm so glad I didn't. Now I'm settled, I have three beautiful children and I'm drug-free.
ITV did not respond to Harry's allegations when contacted by Mirror Online, but has provided this statement.
ITV statement in full
"ITV has many years experience of broadcasting and creating programmes featuring members of the public and each of our productions has duty of care measures in place for contributors. These will be dependent on the type of show and will be proportionate for the level of activity of each contributor and upon the individual. All of our processes are regularly reviewed to ensure that they are fit for purpose in an ever changing landscape.
"In the case of The Jeremy Kyle Show, the programme has significant and detailed duty of care processes in place for contributors pre, during and post show which have been built up over 14 years, and there have been numerous positive outcomes from this, including people who have resolved complex and long-standing personal problems.
"Prior to the show a comprehensive assessment is carried out by the guest welfare team on all potential contributors. The guest welfare team consists of four members of staff, one consultant psychotherapist and three mental health nurses.
"The guests are interviewed by guest welfare face to face at studios and prior to filming. Throughout filming the participants are supported by the guest welfare team in the studios during the recording phase of their show. After filming has ended all guests are seen by a member of the guest welfare team to ensure they are feeling calm and emotionally settled before any participant leaves to travel home.
"An evaluation of their needs is also carried out at this time and should they require any ongoing service regarding the problem they discussed on the show then appropriate solutions are found for them. This could include residential rehabilitation, counselling, anger management, family mediation, child access mediation or couple counselling for example.
"The day after recording of the show the participant will be contacted by production to carry out a welfare check and provide details of the services that have been sourced for them. The production team keep in touch with the participants in the days between recording and transmission and participants are given a production mobile contact number should they need to contact the show at any point following transmission.
"To continue best practice, we regularly review our processes.
"As we have said, everyone at ITV and The Jeremy Kyle Show is shocked and saddened at the news of the death of a participant in the show a week after the recording of the episode they featured in and our thoughts are with their family and friends. We will not screen the episode in which they featured.
"Given the seriousness of this event, ITV has also decided to suspend both filming and broadcasting of The Jeremy Kyle Show with immediate effect in order to give it time to conduct a review of this episode of the show, and we cannot comment further until this review is completed."
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