Getting Personal with Richard D France

Deepa Shastri talks to Richard D France about his life, mental health and suicide attempts. [Note: this programme deals with mental health and suicide.]

27m 26s

Interview programme (2019).  Presenter Deepa Shastri meets Richard D France, a published poet, writer, performer and now a mental health campaigner. A mental health survivor, Richard has made several suicide attempts and had long stays in secure mental health institutions. After finally receiving effective treatment at a specialist hospital for Deaf people with mental health issues, he is now keen to share his story.  In the programme Deepa goes on a journey through Richard's life that is at times humorous, tragic and hard hitting, as he reveals how he narrowly escaped death and is now using his life experience to help others. Produced and directed by Cathy Heffernan; a Drummer TV production for BSLBT.

Were you affected by this programme?  UK information: You can email SignHealth at to ask for information about support in BSL, or click here to see their website.  If you are thinking about suicide, you can go to your local hospital's Accident and Emergency department to ask for help, or contact the Samaritans by clicking here, or send a text message to Shout, the UK’s first free 24/7 text service for anyone in crisis - click here to see their website.



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