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BBC TV & Radio this week: mental health experiment and more

Dan Slipper Dan Slipper | 10:26 UK time, Friday, 24 June 2011

A noteworthy highlight was Tuesday's All In The Mind on Radio 4. Working with the BBC Lab UK, the programme launched a pioneering online scientific experiment to test the nation's mental health and well being. The test can be completed online and you receive personalised feedback about your own levels of stress, your coping strategies and tips on how to manage. Also, Peter Kinderman, clinical psychologist at the University of Liverpool explained how the experiment would help understanding of the causes of mental health problems like anxiety and depression.

Other highlights this week include:

Listen - Radio 4 - Midweek
Libby Purves meets Henry Winkler who is best known for playing The Fonz in television's Happy Days. He is touring the UK visiting schools with First News, the national newspaper for children. He'll be introducing children to his Hank Zipzer stories which focus on a ten year old boy with dyslexia and are based on his own past experiences.

One of the children in the Inside Out West documentary.

Watch - BBC One - Inside Out West
A documentary following two West Country children with cerebral palsy who are undergoing pioneering surgery that will help them walk unaided.

Listen - Radio 4 - Today In Parliament
Mark D'Arcy reports from Westminster where an MP has suggested that people with disabilities might want to work for less than the minimum wage.

Listen - Radio 4 - When The Bough Breaks
Julia Hollander's play, inspired by her own experience, about the dilemma she faced over whether to put her badly brain-damaged child up for adoption in order to keep the rest of her family together.

Listen - Radio 4 - Blind Date with Bloomsday
Peter White travels to Dublin on Bloomsday, the annual celebration of James Joyce's novel Ulysses, to hear how the author used blindness and myopia to great symbolic effect in his work. He also meets celebrants who enthusiastically enact sections of the book.

Listen - Radio 4 - In Touch
Jonathan Conteh explains how he is fighting to provide education to blind children in Sierra Leone. Sylvia Syms looks at the latest research on falls and young people who have lost their sight suggest some changes to the services they are offered.

All these programmes are now on iPlayer although, please note, they may only be available for a limited time.

Coming Up

Listen - Radio 4 - Shall I Say A Kiss?
Morris Davis was born deaf in 1898 in Whitechapel in London. In 1924 he moved to New York but on a visit to the UK in 1935 he saw a photo of Eva Weintrobe - also deaf - and went to Liverpool to meet her. He soon proposed but before a date could be set he had to go back to New York. So began an unusual transatlantic romance and courtship conducted through the exchange of letters now dramatised in this play.


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