Actress Rachel Shenton makes the BBC Radio 4 Appeal on behalf of SignHealth. You can listen to the appeal live at the times listed below, or you can catch up on BBC iPlayer. A signed BSL version is below. You can find Radio 4 at 92-95 FM or 103-105 FM.
Sunday 2nd April at 07:55 and 21:26
Thursday 6th April at 15:27
SignHealth’s ‘BSL Healthy Minds’ service
During the broadcast Rachel will make an appeal for funds to support our ‘BSL Healthy Minds’ service which provides therapy and counselling to deaf people with mental health issues.
Rachel will tell the listeners and viewers about a woman we supported called Anna, who was physically abused by her mother as a child, and then later sexually abused by her partner as an adult. These assaults affected Anna’s mental health deeply and she knew she needed help. SignHealth was able to transform Anna’s life by providing therapy in her own language – British Sign Language.
Rachel will make a heartfelt plea for support by telling us about her own father and how his world turned silent after chemotherapy treatment.
Listeners are asked to give whatever they can so SignHealth can help transform the lives of more deaf people like Anna by restoring their mental health in their own language. Click here to give online.
You can also donate by calling 0800 404 8144 or by writing a cheque to ‘SignHealth’ and sending it to ‘FREEPOST BBC Radio 4 APPEAL’ – marking the back of the envelope ‘SignHealth’. Thank you
High prevalence of mental ill-health
In their lifetime 40% of Deaf people will experience a mental health problem, compared to 20% of hearing people. SignHealth provides therapists who are themselves Deaf or who use the same language – British Sign Language.
Outstanding Recovery Rates
We hope the BBC Radio 4 Appeal will raise valuable funds to help transform the lives of more deaf people like Anna (whose story you hear in the appeal), Sandra, Shaun and Bexi by restoring their mental health in their own language.
BSL signed translation of the appeal
Why Rachel decided to support SignHealth
Whilst at the studio recording the appeal Rachel told us why she is supporting SignHealth. You can listen to this clip, or read the transcript, below:
“Hello, I’m Rachel Shenton and I am a television actress. I have a personal connection with deafness. My lovely Dad was deafened when I was 12 years old due to cancer treatment and I saw what a huge effect that had on him. I first heard about SignHealth 3 or 4 years ago now. SignHealth provide a vital service to the profoundly Deaf community, delivering things like therapy and counselling, services supporting women affected by domestic violence and safeguarding provision for Deaf children. And all, of course, in British Sign Language, so these really sensitive conversations can happen in their own language. Which of course is essential. I support SignHealth, and I hope you will to.”