24 December 2010 1 of 2 pages
Community station Panj Pani Radio kicks off their new 28 day FM licence on Wednesday 5th January on 95.1 FM with a breakfast show hosted by Antony Sheehan, Chief Executive of the Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust (LPT).
NHS boss Antony is no stranger to the airwaves and regularly hosts a monthly breakfast show on the specialist station, which has been broadcasting through the internet since 2008 and aims to raise awareness within local Asian communities about mental health issues and the help available for families from the NHS.
The breakfast show, which starts at 8am, will be one of three programmes Antony will host during the month, and includes a variety of guests, popular music and general news updates about the Trust.
Antony Sheehan explains;
“I’m really excited about the shows, we’ve got some great music and some interesting guests lined up, including some of our own staff. On the first show we’ll be chatting to someone who has used our services and who will be sharing their experience of mental illness. We’ll also be discussing the topic of dementia and the support needed for carers and families.
“Our partnership with Panj Pani Radio really helps us to raise awareness, allay fears and dispel some of the myths about mental illness and treatment, which helps to reduce stigma and encourage families and communities to access NHS services.”
LPT supports the station by providing premises at their headquarters at the Towers Hospital. LPT staff, community partners and service users are regular contributors to the Panj Pani broadcast schedule.
Panj Pani Radio is operated by New Dawn Asian Mental Health, a not-for-profit organisation, which aims to bring communities together and ensure culturally appropriate services for Asian people suffering from mental health problems and their carers. They are broadcasting on 95.1 FM from 5 January until 1st February. Further information is available from www.panjpaniradio.co.uk
Issued by Nicky Mawer
Communications Manager, Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust
Tel: 0116 295 8997 E-mail: email@example.com