Mind Media Awards – Winners Announced!
This week saw the winners of the Mind Media Awards announced by Stephen Fry at a ceremony in London.
The annual event aims to celebrate open, honest and fair portrayal of mental health in newspapers, online, and on television and radio.
The full list of prize categories and winners was as follows:
Factual Entertainment – Piers Morgan’s Life Stories
New Media Award – Mental Health Cop
News and Current Affairs – Channel 4 News: Antipsychotic Drugs for Kids
Documentary – Britain’s Biggest Hoarders
Speech Radio – Henry’s Demons
Soaps – Emmerdale
Student Journalist of the Year – Ashley Hamer, London College of Communication
Journalist of the Year – Julia George, BBC Radio Kent
Drama – Homeland
Making a Difference – The Sunday Express Crusade for Better Mental Health
Speaking Out – Vasoulla Savvidou (Britain’s Biggest Hoarders)
Combating stigma by addressing mental health issues in a sensitive and responsible manner should be a high priority for all journalists and public figures.
Although one in four people will experience some kind of mental health problem in the course of a year (according to the Mental Health Foundation), many will have no direct experience of such conditions, so the information they receive from the media plays a vital part in shaping their views.
And controversies in the past twelve months, such as Jeremy Clarkson’s comments on suicide, add even greater importance to this year’s Mind Media Awards.