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Raj Persaud
Tuesday 29 March 2005

Who cares for the carers?  It's estimated that 6 million people in the UK today care for a relative or loved one who is ill, frail or disabled.  Jean Clayton is in her seventies and is the permanent and sole carer of her forty year old son who has schizophrenia. She describes the emotional and psychological strain brought on by her responsibility.

Raj Persaud visits a project run by HAFAL, the principal organisation in Wales for people recovering from severe mental illness, whose work emphasises the need to support carers.  Raj is shown round their Resource centre in St Fagan's in Cardiff by Services Manager Linda Woollard and meets some members of the team.  Ellen Jones describesthe conditions under which she cared for her schizophrenic husband for the last four years of his life, and explains the work of HAFAL today which helps people in situations like hers.

The Carers (Equal Opportunities) Act comes into force on 1 April in England and 18 April in Wales. The Act will mean that local authorities will have to inform carers of their right to an assessment and should also help carers have a life outside caring, with new rights to work, training and leisure opportunities. Carers UK is launching a new booklet, Balancing Life and Caring, which tells carers about their new rights.

Raj Persaud is joined by Imelda Redmond, Chief Executive of Carers UK to discuss the research which reports high levels of psychological distress among carers, and explains how the new Act will benefit UK carers.

In January the Government unveiled its Action Plan on Delivering Race Equality in Mental Health and gave the NHS five years to improve services for Black and minority ethnic groups.
On Thursday all mental health providers in England and Wales - NHS and private - are expected to take part in a Count Me In national ethnicity census organised by the Healthcare Commission and the National Institute for Mental Health in England.

Raj Persaud discusses the aims of the census and the proposed way forward to counter racial inequality in mental health with Professor Kamlesh Patel, Chairman of the Mental Health Act Commission and Head of the Centre for Ethnicity and Health at the University Central Lancashire.

Dreamers are often intrigued by their dreams and keen to analyse what they can recall when they wake up. Professor Jim Horne, Director of the Sleep Research Centre at Loughborough University reveals what happens in the mind, brain and body when we dream.

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Balancing Life and Caring
Booklet available from Carers UK

(National Schizophrenia Fellowship)

Hafal (meaning 'equal') is the principal organisation in Wales working with individuals recovering from severe mental illness and their families. The organisation is managed by the people it supports, individuals with severe mental illness and their families.
112 staff and 150 volunteers provide help to over 640 people affected by severe mental illness across the whole of Wales: this includes schizophrenia, manic depression and other diagnoses which typically involve psychosis or high levels of care, and which may require hospital treatment. Hafal delivers a range of services including direct support and advice, support in a crisis, contact with others by phone, advocacy, support in a group setting, introductions for befriending, and employment and training projects. All of these services are underpinned by their Recovery Programme.


The Mental Health Foundation

Professor Kamlesh Patel
Chairman of the Mental Health Act Commission and Head of the Centre for Ethnicity and Health at the University Central Lancashire

Mental Health Act Commission

Service providers can register their involvement in the Count Me In  Census  

National Black Carers & Carers WorkersNetwork
A national network with the sole focus on black carers. The network focuses on the problems highlighting difficulties faced by black carers at the strategic level and also speaks on behalf of Black carer workers.
The NBCCWN uses the term 'Black' to refer to people of Asian, African-Caribbean, Chinese and Vietnamese descent who, whilst culturally very diverse, share a common experience of racism and discrimination.

Sainsbury Centre for Mental Health
The Sainsbury Centre for Mental Health (SCMH) is a charity that works to improve the quality of life for people with severe mental health problems.

Professor Jim Horne
Professor of Psychophysiology and director of the Sleep Research Centre
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