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Mental Health

Duration:
28 minutes
First broadcast:
Saturday 18 August 2012

One in three of us will be affected by mental illness at some time during our lifetime. It can take various forms from the most common - depression, to psychotic illness. Kendall's guests explore the way mental illness is viewed and treated around the world, and what can be done to help.

The Indian psychiatrist Vikram Patel is at the forefront of a campaign to promote global mental health. His non-governmental organization in Goa pioneers ways to treat mental health problems in places with few resources, a theme he has also written about in his book "Where There's No Psychiatrist".

Matthew Johnstone is an artist and writer based in Sydney. He first experienced depression in his mid-20s and he describes how he tried to cover it up so he could continue his successful advertising career. In his bestselling illustrated book "I Had a Black Dog", Johnstone used the character of a black Labrador to communicate his experience. He now works part-time as the Creative Director of the Black Dog Institute in Australia.

Gwen Adshead is a forensic psychiatrist and psychotherapist at Broadmoor, Britain's highest security institution for offenders with mental disorders, well known in Britain because it's where the country's most notorious killers are sent if the court declares them "criminally insane'. She believes that learning to tell your own story is the key to getting to grips with all sorts of mental illness, even for her patients.

  • Vikram Patel

    Vikram Patel

    Vikram Patel is at the forefront of a campaign to promote global mental health. A psychiatrist from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, he advises the Indian government on mental health policy. He’s also set up his own NGO in Goa, which pioneers ways to treat mental health problems in places with few resources, a theme he has also addressed in his book ‘Where There is No Psychiatrist’.

    Vikram Patel
  • Matthew Johnstone

    Matthew Johnstone

    Matthew Johnstone, an artist and writer based in Sydney, battled depression for years, alongside a successful advertising career. In his bestselling illustrated book I Had a Black Dog, Johnstone used the character of a black Labrador to communicate his experience. He now works part time as the Creative Director of the Black Dog Institute in Australia.

    Matthew Johnstone
  • Matthew Johnstone 1

    Matthew Johnstone 1

    Credit: I Had a Black Dog by Matthew Johnstone

  • Matthew Johnstone 2

    Matthew Johnstone 2

    Credit: I Had a Black Dog by Matthew Johnstone

  • Matthew Johnstone 3

    Matthew Johnstone 3

    Credit: I Had a Black Dog by Matthew Johnstone

  • Gwen Adshead

    Gwen Adshead

    Gwen Adshead is a forensic psychiatrist and psychotherapist at Broadmoor, Britain’s highest security institution for offenders with mental disorders, well known in Britain because it’s where the country’s most notorious killers are sent if the court declares them ‘criminally insane.’ She believes that learning to re-order and retell your own story is the key to getting to grips with all sorts of mental illness.

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