F1 Drivers - Iraq Mental Health Services
FORMULA 1 DRIVERS
Raj Persaud finds out how the latest advances in neuroscience are gaining the edge in Formula 1 and peers into the mind of a Formula 1 racing driver, at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. Does what goes on in the driver’s mind determine which car first crosses the finishing line?
Honda’s top driver, Jenson Button, who last year won the Hungarian Grand Prix and in the second half of the season, won more points than any other driver, explains what mental preparation is needed to drive at 220 miles per hour.
Tony Lycholat is Head of Human Performance at Honda and the man responsible for keeping Jenson’s mind on track; he describes his role.
Twenty two year old Lewis Hamilton has astounded Formula 1 fans and won a place in the history books by ending up on the podium at every race this season and winning the past two Grand Prix in America and Canada. Dr Kerry Spackman is a neuroscientist, who as a consultant to the Maclaren team, has worked with Lewis Hamilton, helping to prepare him for his very first season in Formula 1.
Dr Spackman talks about his research, which shows that in Formula 1 some cars are faster than others, but that the driver is the key to better speed.
IRAQ MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES
In 2003, after the invasion of Iraq and the toppling of Saddam Hussein, Dr Sabah Sadik went back to his country to visit his family. He had originally trained as a psychiatrist but had left in 1979 to work in the UK. He describes what he found in Iraq after three wars, years of sanctions and continuing violence; 25 million people with just 91 psychiatrists.
Dr Sabah Sadik is now National Advisor for Mental Health to the Iraqi Ministry of Health, helping to rebuild the country's mental health services.