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All in the Mind
Tuesday 2100-2130
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Exploring the limits and potential of the mind
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Tuesday 4 December 2007
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Professor Raj Persaud
What do carers want from the government’s promised New Deal? We discuss the issues.  And, the Minister for Mental Health, Ivan Lewis, joins Raj Persaud.
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CARERS
The value of unpaid support provided by carers has now reached 87 billion pounds a year –  more than the total annual spend on the NHS. Many carers find themselves isolated and unsupported, practically, financially and emotionally.
Gordon Brown’s new, national strategy for carers, due for publication next Spring, is to address some of these major concerns. Carers and the organisations that represent them have been taking part in a huge consultation exercise, making their views known.
Raj Persaud spoke to Jane Harris, Head of Campaigns for the national mental health charity,Rethink.Georgie Wakefield spoke about her experiences of caring for her son.

IVAN LEWIS
Raj Persaud spoke to the Minister for Mental Health, Ivan Lewis about the national strategy for carers, and about the issue of talking therapies.

IN TOUCH WITH ART
Last week the Victoria and Albert Museum in London hosted an international conference – In Touch with Art - on the teaching and appreciation of art for the visually impaired. It was organised by the national charity, St Dunstan’s, in partnership with Goldsmiths College.
As well as reviewing the best ways to interpret and teach art for a visually impaired audience, delegates also learned about psychological processing and cognition through the different senses.
Reporter, Mani Djazmi, went along to the conference where he spoke to: Linda Pring, Professor of Psychology at Goldsmiths College; and Dr. Alison Eardley of the University of Westminster.

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