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SEE HEAR: Wednesday 2nd December 1pm BBC TWO

SH Line Producer | 11:15 UK time, Wednesday, 2 December 2009

In the latest update of See Hear's occasional feature on deaf children and their education, we revisit Lucy and Yasin, now both six years old.  Lucy's a BSL-user from a Deaf family; Yasin, from a hearing family, had a cochlear implant when he was 18 months old.  Along with their parents and teachers, the kids report on what they've been getting up to at school and at home.

We also pay tribute to the life and work of Pat Keysell, the much-loved pioneer of TV for deaf children.

Memnos has another of his Stories Behind the Signs, all about sign names.  And with 40% of deaf and hard of hearing young people experiencing a mental health issue, this week See Hear visits a mental health outreach team dedicated to working with deaf young people and their families in the West Midlands.

If you were affected by any of the issues later in today's programme the following resources may be of use:

Sign Health

5 Baring Road





Telephone: 01494 687600

Textphone: 01494 687626

Fax: 01494 687622

SMS/text message: 07966 976749

E-mail: info@signhealth.org.uk



The Samaritans provide confidential non-judgemental emotional support, 24 hours a day for people who are experiencing feelings of distress or despair, including those which could lead to suicide.

You can email the Samaritans at jo@samaritans.org, or use the single national minicom number 08457 90 91 92 or phone via Typetalk on (18001) 08457 909090.



The British Society for Mental Health and Deafness (BSMHD) promote positive mental health for deaf people in Britain.


PO Box 10587


CO1 9JE.

Telephone/SMS: 07880 715427

Fax 07876 835857

Email info@bsmhd.org.uk



Deaf Info, a hub for information about deaf mental health.

Email: info@deafinfo.org.uk




  • Comment number 1.

    R.I.P Pat Keysell.


  • Comment number 2.

    A Lovely Lady, I recall her well, please bring back her approach to communication, BSL is omitting too many people, it is just getting more and more difficult to follow signed access these days. I did raise an eyebrow at the parents of the deaf girl relieved their child was deaf, then shocked she had 2 MORE and one on the way.... probably raised demand for CI's 50%

  • Comment number 3.

    I wanted to say that Pat Keysell was a wonderful lady and with the equally wonderful Tony Hart, their 'Vision On' and other programmes lifted, enlightened, and exemplified for me the buoyant spirit of the 60s and 70s.
    (May I add that I almost didn't bother, having been dispirited by the bureaucratic, tedious signing-in system devised by the BBC. It says still more for 'Vision On' that I was able to overcome these negative feelings in order to express my opinion).


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