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Tuesday 23 January 2007
Claudia Hammond examines the everyday psychological challenges we face and delves deeper into how our brains work.
SMOKING AND MENTAL HEALTH PATIENTS This July all enclosed public places and workplaces in England and Wales will become smoke-free. Under the proposed regulations certain institutions - such as prisons, hospices and secure mental health units - which provide long term residential accommodation, will be exempt. The details are still under discussion, but the exemption will not apply to the 420 acute psychiatric units where people with mental health problems stay for less than six months.
Claudia Hammond visited the Royal Free Hospital in North London to find out what mental health service users and staff make of the idea of a smoke-free unit.
How would a well-established smoking culture in those units react to an outright ban? Claudia discusses the issues with Paul Jenkins, Chief Executive of the mental health charity Rethink, and Lisa McNally, an NHS Chartered Health Psychologist with Wandsworth Primary Care Trust, and an Honorary Lecturer in Tobacco Addiction.
LISTENER FEEDBACK All In the Mind has received a substantial response to the item about the American schools who are screening teenagers for mental health problems. Claudia hears from some listeners who were shocked by the labelling of what might be considered fairly typical teenage angst as a serious mental health problem and from others who could see the benefits of the idea.
A few weeks ago Gillian, now 17, recorded some extracts of her personal diary about self harm. Andrew, a father from Kent and Mary who began self harming at the age of 41 both listened to the broadcast and share their feelings.
THE POWER OF POWERLESS SPEECH
Does the way in which we speak affect what other people think of us? In the past researchers found that the people most likely to get the top jobs speak clearly and assertively. But according Alison Fragale, Assistant Professor of Organizational Behaviour and Strategy, at the University of North Carolina, this isn’t always the case. Her new research highlights that in certain situations a little doubt and hesitation in one’s voice could secure the promotion.