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Tackling Mental Health - BBC Radio London to mark World Mental Health Day 10th October 2009

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Ruby Wax talks about mental health issues with Eddie Nestor

Eddie Nestor's Drivetime Show will be coming live from Battersea to mark World Mental Health Day.

Each year on 10 October, World Mental Health Day is marked across the globe. It aims to raise awareness about mental health and wellbeing.

In the media, sufferers of mental illness do not have a good image. Many mental health campaigners say that often only the most sensational and negative stories receive widespread coverage whilst the wider issue of mental health is ignored.

You only have to look at the public reaction to the recent news that a schizophrenic was training to be a black cab driver to see that there's still a lot of public fear and uncertainty about mentally ill people, especially about them being allowed to do certain jobs or take part in public life.


But mental illness is not rare. It is thought to affect as many as 1 in 4 Londoners and many of us will experience a common condition like depression or anxiety at some time in our lives.

Despite this fact, mental illness remains a taboo subject. According to a recent report for the 'Time for Change Campaign', we find it harder to admit to having a mental illness than being an alcoholic or having cancer.

Even worse, over half of employers surveyed said they wouldn't employ someone with a mental health problem.

Take part

So why are we still afraid of mental illness?


Eddie Nestor

Join Eddie on October 9<

On Friday, Eddie Nestor's Drivetime show will be coming live from the Sound Minds Music and Arts project in Battersea, a charity which brings together people who've had problems with mental health in the past and help them through music.

We'll be talking to psychologists, health professionals, service users, charities - but we also want to hear from you.

Have you ever had any experience of mental illness? Maybe somebody in your family has? What service was available?

Get involved

Tell us your stories on Friday 9 October, 5pm - 7pm - Eddie Nestor's Drivetime.

You can email the show at< or call us on 020 722 42000.

You can also get in touch with the show on Facebook by joining the group Eddie Nestor's Drivetime, or on Twitter<

Real Lives




Derek Roachford, 42, from Hackney told BBC London 94.9's Anna O'Neill how he was ill for 20 years before being diagnosed with bi-polar disorder.



"Joy" from north London is 23 years old and started suffering from mental illness as a teenager. He's now recovered, as he told BBC London's Anna O'Neill.




Marion Janner from Muswell Hill suffered deep depression six years ago when a long-term relationship ended. 

She's since been diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder, and told our reporter Anna O'Neill how she began self-harming.




"Sinead" from north London told our reporter Anna O'Neill that she was first prescribed anti-depressants when she had post-natal depression eight years ago. Listen to her interview here.<