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BBC TV & Radio this week: mental health in Hong Kong and make up sessions for the visually impaired

Dan Slipper Dan Slipper | 11:44 UK time, Friday, 10 June 2011

Here are some programmes which have been broadcast recently on the BBC's channels which include disability subjects and related matters. You can now catch them again via iPlayer although, please note, they may only be available for a limited time.

Listen - Radio 4 - In Touch
Lee Kumutat goes to a beauty session aimed at helping visually impaired teenagers get to grips with putting on make-up.

Listen - World Service - Health Check
As the first ever survey of mental illness in Hong Kong is carried out, policy makers are hoping the results will lead to a radical overhaul of mental health services. Claudia Hammond reports.

Listen - Radio 4 - All In The Mind
Compassion for our fellow human beings is something that has long been taught by different faiths and traditions, but could it be used as a tool within therapy to improve mental health? Professor Paul Gilbert, Director of the Mental Health Research Unit at Derbyshire Mental Health Trust, and one of his patients explain what is involved.

Listen - World Service - Outlook
A shocking report about the treatment of mentally ill people in Bali who, in some cases, are chained to stocks and treated inhumanely in their own homes.

Listen - Radio 4 - You And Yours
Julian Worricker considers a new treatment for addressing Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome, which is being tried by the Ministry of Defence.

Listen - Radio 4 - In Our Time
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the origins of infectious disease exploring where the agents of disease might come from and what determines where and when new viruses and bacteria appear.

Listen - Radio 4 - Britain's Labs
Professor Iain Stewart visits the Institute of Cancer Research in Surrey, one of the main centres for the investigation of the genetic causes and possible cures/remedies for cancer.

Listen - World Service - Witness
Alan Johnston talks to Ugandan born Winnie Ssanya Sseruma about her experiences of having HIV in the early 80s, when carriers of the virus were stigmatised and treatment was in its infancy.

Coming Up

Watch - BBC Two - Terry Pratchett: Choosing To Die - Monday 13 June 21.00
Author Sir Terry Pratchett considers whether he might be able to end his life before Alzheimer's disease takes over. He travels to the Dignitas Clinic in Switzerland and witnesses first hand the procedures set out for assisted death.

Watch - BBC Two - Choosing To Die: Newsnight Debate - Monday 13 June 22.00
Jeremy Paxman speaks to Terry Pratchett about his documentary and a panel of studio guests debate the controversial issues around assisted dying.


  • Comment number 1.

    Mental Health, Dementia and Prosopagnosia in Hong Kong.

    I am currently researching the effects of air pollution in Hong Kong.

    I believe there is a direct connection between air pollution , stress and its cousins anxiety and depression.

    Stress if left unchecked can develop into hypertention which in turn can lead to stroke.

    Lately I have found more elderley people with Prosognosia and have devoted a chapter in my new book to this rare condition.
    Face Blindness as its also called is becoming more and more common.

    We need to heed the warnings about air pollution and its effect on our health , while we have control over what we eat and how we eat , breathing sadly is not part of that equation , we dismiss its effects at our peril.

    lee du ploy hk

  • Comment number 2.

    It's great to see a wide selection of programs on the BBC including this interesting incite into Hong Kong mental health.

    Horatio T Burns


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