We have been talking to BBC Radio Devon about establishing a regular monthly phone-in on mental health. This has been happening with BBC Radio Cornwall in the last few years and appears to be going well.
We will be piloting the programme and the format on Thursday 20 April on Janet Kipling's lunchtime show. It will begin around 2.00pm and last for about half an hour, but longer if there is listener demand/interest.
The topic for this week is dementia. In the studio will be Dr Colm Owens, Consultant Psychiatrist, along with Anne Rollings from the Alzheimer's Society. A pre-recorded interview with a woman who has dementia, and her husband, will play at the start of the slot. We will also have our clinicians Dr Sam Kirkwood and Dr Dimitrios Tsiakiris sitting with the producer when calls come in to the programme, to provide support if it is needed. We have produced a simple dementia factsheet which you can view by clicking here.
If the programme goes well, we plan to do it on a monthly basis and the BBC has shown interest in topics including depression, suicide, psychosis, eating disorders, self-harm and perinatal mental health. For more information about our Devon Memory Service, please click here.
If you are interested in getting involved or would like more information, please contact Peter Leggatt, Head of Communications on 01392 208693 or firstname.lastname@example.org.