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Vaughan | 11:57 UK time, Wednesday, 20 June 2012

TV and Radio on BBC iPlayer: why is mental health still a taboo subject?

In the latest edition of Call You and Yours, the phone-in spin-off of BBC Radio 4's long-running consumer affairs strand, the question for discussion is: how can we change attitudes towards mental illness?

A new report has revealed that mental illness accounts for nearly half of all ill health experienced by people under 65. One in four people in the UK will at some stage in their lives have a mental health problem, ranging from stress, anxiety and depression through to psychotic conditions. Yet only a quarter of those are in any form of treatment. So why is mental health seen as a taboo subject?

Presenter Julian Worricker talks over the subject with a range of callers offering their various experiences.

Also on iPlayer

Victoria Derbyshire (BBC Radio 5 Live
Three MPs recently decided to break their silence on their own personal history of mental health problems. Their revelations came during a debate on the amount of NHS funding dedicated to treating mental health problems - which was described as a Cinderella service, poorly funded, and not spoken about nearly enough either inside or outside the House of Commons. Victoria plays some extended highlights from the debate and talks to Dr Sarah Wollaston, Conservative MP for Totnes, about why she decided to speak out. (Available until Friday 22 June, 12.02pm)

Blind Date with Bloomsday (BBC Radio 4 Extra)
Much quoted but arguably little read, James Joyce's Ulysses is a Modernist classic. Having read the novel in Braille, Peter White finds out that Joyce was long troubled by eye problems, and that the author's eyesight worsened considerably whilst writing the book when exiled in Zurich. As a blind man himself, Peter is interested to hear how Joyce uses blindness and myopia to great symbolic effect in his work - evoking the whole of Dublin society by emphasising all the senses - sound, touch and smell as much as sight. (Available until Friday 22 June, 2.47pm)

In Tune (BBC Radio 3)
Trombonist and conductor Christian Lindberg and disabled trumpeter Clarence Adoo join Ian Ritchie, director of the City of London Festival, to discuss Level Playing Field - a symposium on the development of musical opportunities, aesthetics and instrument technology for musicians of all physicalities - which is part of the City of London Festival's 50th anniversary celebrations. (Available until Friday 22 June, 6.32pm)

Same but Different (BBC Two)
Short documentary portraits of primary children with a range of disabilities, learning differences and medical conditions. (Available until Wednesday 27 June, 4.59am)

Ukraine's Forgotten Children (BBC Four)
As Ukraine comes to the forefront of the sporting world as hosts of the Euro 2012 football tournament, Kate Blewett visits one of the country's institutes for disabled and abandoned children to find out what a lifetime in the care of the state really means for Ukraine's forgotten youngsters. (Available until Thursday 28 June, 1.29am)

In Touch (BBC Radio 4)
The Government is proposing that owning a guide dog will contribute more points towards a benefit than using a white cane. Two listeners - one who uses a guide dog and one who uses a cane - take us on a regular route they make describing their journeys.

Front Row (BBC Radio 4)
The British Paraorchestra has been founded by conductor Charles Hazlewood to showcase disabled musicians, aiming to end the limitations placed on them not by their physical ability but by the lack of opportunity they're afforded. Kirsty Lang attends a rehearsal to meet some of the performers.

All in the Mind (BBC Radio 4)
The well respected mental health campaigner, Janey Antoniou, died in hospital in 2010 while detained under the Mental Health Act. Her husband, Dr Michael Antoniou, talks to Claudia Hammond about the circumstances of his wife's death and why he believes it's wrong that hospitals, when a patient dies, can investigate themselves.

See Hear (BBC Two)
A look behind the scenes at this year's Olympics and Paralympics, and some of the deaf athletes and torch bearers talk about how they are feeling as they prepare for one of the biggest sporting events in the world.

Something Special (CBeebies)
Educational series for four- to seven-year-old children with learning difficulties.

Coming up

Moral Maze (Wednesday 20 June, 8.00pm, BBC Radio 4)
A new report has highlighted the shocking extent of mental illness in this country. But if it's so prevalent, shouldn't we be treating the cause rather than the symptoms? If this was a public health issue in almost any other field, there would be an outcry that not enough was being done to help people to stop them getting ill. But what would be the moral consequences?

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