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Mental health & the media: the Mind Media Awards 2012

20 Nov

On Monday 19th November, the Mind Media Awards ceremony took place in London, hosted by Mind’s president Stephen Fry. Here’s a blog post I put together whilst watching the awards via that hashtag #MindAwards (the only way to follow the awards live); here‘s a Storify story of the tweets using that hashtag, which really gives a flavour of how the evening went, including some atmospheric photos.

What are the Mind Media Awards all about? As Mind’s website says: “Broadcast, print and digital media wield enormous influence and there has been definite progress in representations of mental health problems since the awards began 19 years ago. The awards recognise and celebrate those who have successfully challenged the myths and stereotypes that surround mental health problems. Most importantly through work that includes the voices of people who have themselves experienced mental health problems.”

“As Mind’s President,” says Stephen Fry, “I’m thrilled to be hosting this year’s Mind Media Awards. The media, in all its glorious incarnations, has enormous power to influence people’s perceptions of mental health, not least in being able to challenge the stigma that sadly still surrounds it.  The Mind Media Awards is a fantastic opportunity to celebrate those actors, writers, programme makers, journalists and bloggers who are helping to dispel the myths around mental health and reduce discrimination.”


The winners are as follows (scroll down for links to the winners & those short-listed):

(1) Factual entertainment: “Piers Morgan’s Life Stories” (ITV1)

(2) Mark Hanson Digital Media award: The Mental Health Cop police blog by Inspector Michael Brown who said, on receiving his award:”If my blog has helped one person, it’s all been worthwhile.” @MentalHealthCop

(3) News & Current Affairs: Channel 4 News: Antipsychotic Drugs for Kids

(4) Documentary: “Britain’s Biggest Hoarders” (BBC One)

(5) Speech radio: “Henry’s Demons” (BBC R4)

(6) Soaps: Emmerdale

(7) Student Journalist of the Year: Ashley Hammer (London College of Communications)

(8) Journalist of the Year: Julia George (BBC Radio Kent)

(9) Drama: Homeland

(10) Making a Difference Award: Sunday Express team for their Crusade for Better Mental Health

(11) Speaking Out Award: Vasoulla Savvidou (who featured in Britain’s Biggest Hoarders)

Congratulations to all the winners!

Here’s a Storify story of the tweets sent with the hashtag #MindAwards, to give you a flavour of how the night progressed. The tweets were very exciting, & there are lots of photos.


Here is a link to the 2012 shortlist. Full details of all the nominees are below, and they are well worth checking out.

The Mind Media Awards categories, winners and shortist

(1) Factual entertainment

Winner: Piers Morgan’s Life Stories (ITV)


  • Julia George (BBC Radio Kent) – Julia covers a range of emotionally charged issues, including  depression and suicide, with sensitivity and compassion.  Callers are  encouraged to share their experiences, inspiring the many listeners to  the morning show.
  • Men’s Hour (BBC Radio 5 Live) – Tim Samuels routinely champions, and normalises, real male candour and new thinking around mental health, through the pioneering men’s  magazine show.
  • Piers Morgan’s Life Stories (ITV) – Piers Morgan’s primetime biographical chat show invites celebrity  guests to share their life experiences. Frank Bruno, Rolf Harris, Peter  Andre and Paul Gascoigne have all spoken openly about their own mental  health problems, prompted by Piers’ careful questioning.
  • Sky Sports Rugby League State of Mind (Sky Sports 1) – This piece sat at the centre of Sky Sports’ coverage of the pioneering campaign State of Mind, to raise awareness and challenge stigma around mental health problems in rugby, in the lead up to live Super League games
  • Gok’s Teens: The Naked Truth (Channel 4) – Gok Wan inspires the nation’s teens, starting conversations around  mental health issues.  He frequently draws on his own experiences as a  teenager to help give the next generation confidence and self-belief.


(2) The Mark Hanson digital media award

Winner: Mental Health Cop blog by Inspector Michael Brown


  • Big White Wall – An online community for anyone experiencing mental distress. It’s a  ‘safe’ place to express feelings using graffiti-style ‘bricks’, take  part in live therapy sessions and discussions, or simply post  experiences and questions in a nonjudgemental environment.
  • Ilona Burton Blog – Through this blog Ilona Burton speaks with great honesty and openness  about her own experiences of mental health problems and eating  disorders, as well as reviewing media portrayal of related issues.
  • John Just Human video blog – A series of frank videos talking openly about schizophrenia, suicide and the stigma that surrounds mental health problems.
  • Fathers Reaching Out website – A sensitive resource for the husbands of women experiencing postnatal depression.
  • Mental Health Cop – A useful resource accessed by both police officers and service users,  clearly explaining the legal processes, police procedures and human and  civil rights associated with mental health problems.


(3) News and current affairs, sponsored by Samaritans

Winner: Channel 4 News: Antipsychotic Drugs for Kids


  • BBC Look East: Combat Stress (BBC One)  – A look at the psychological impact of fighting on the frontline,  including an in depth interview with Paratrooper Peter Doolan, who  experienced PTSD after he returned from the Iraq war.
  • Channel 4 News: Antipsychotic Drugs for Kids (Channel 4) – An investigation into how health professionals are treating children  with behavioural problems. It uncovered a dramatic rise in the use of  powerful antipsychotic drugs, and a shocking absence of monitoring.
  • Iain Dale: Mental Health and The Work Capability Assessment (LBC 97.3) – A look at the effects of the Work Capability Assessment to people  with mental health problems, with calls from listeners detailing their  experiences.
  • Newsbeat: Male Anorexia (BBC Radio 1) – A look at the 66% increase in NHS hospital admissions for male eating  disorders, including interviews with case studies and GPs. The piece  highlights the need to understand that eating disorders are not just a  female issue.
  • ITV News: The Forgotten Fallen (ITV1) – Geraint Vincent’s series investigated the issues faced by serving and  veteran soldiers and their families, in overcoming stress, PTSD and  mental health issues.


(4) Documentaries

Winner: “Britain’s Biggest Hoarders” (BBC One)

Short list:

  • We Need To Talk About Dad (Channel 4) – The powerful story of a family coming to terms with their father’s  unexplained psychotic episode and the physical and emotional aftermath  that followed.)
  • Art for Heroes: A Culture Show Special (BBC Two) – An exploration of the role art therapy can play in the rehabilitation  of ex-servicemen experiencing post-traumatic stress disorder.
  • The Trouble with Men: Tonight (ITV1) – Revealing insight into the rarely discussed issues surrounding men’s  mental health. Sensitive first-hand accounts from men with personal  experience of mental health problems, including former England rugby player Duncan Bell.
  • Britain’s Biggest Hoarders (BBC One)  – Presenter Jasmine Harman follows her mother, Vasoulla, and two others  who all experience hoarding. A look at the strain hoarding can put on a  whole family.
  • Freddie Flintoff: Hidden Side of Sport (BBC One)  –Cricket star Freddie Flintoff talks to Steve Harmison, Vinnie Jones,  Ricky Hatton and other sporting heroes about the serious effects of  depression. He confronts his own issues as England captain and the  stigma attached to talking openly about depression.


(5) Speech radio 

Winner: “Henry’s Demons” (BBC R4)


  • Henry’s Demons (BBC Radio 4) – Henry tells his story of schizophrenia and his experience of hearing  voices that urged him to swim across Newhaven Estuary. His account is  intercut with those of his mother and father, who is war correspondent Patrick Cockburn.
  • Iain Dale: Mental Health Special Programmes (LBC 97.3 Radio) – Iain Dale frequently discusses mental health on his show – clips  include a phone-in about mental health discrimination with Diane Abbott,  an interview with Alastair Campbell about his eBook The Happy Depressive, and emotional calls from listeners in reaction to Gary Speed’s death.
  • Mental Health in Prison (Radio Wanno in HMP Wandsworth) – Created by a prisoner for his community, this programme focuses on  mental health, stress disorders and the emotional impact of prison –  providing first-hand prisoner testimony, professional guidance and  helpful signposting.
  • Poetry and PTSD(BBC Radio 5 Live)  – Tim Samuels reveals the inspiring, uneasy and unexpected story of  poetry as a form of therapy for soldiers experiencing PTSD after  returning from war.
  • Ramblings/Walking around England(BBC Radio 4)  – Clare Balding walks and talks with Stuart Jessup who has depression.   He and his wife, Kate, discuss openly the impact his depression has had  on both of their lives, and describe how the simple act of walking can  help.


(6) Soaps

Winner: Emmerdale (ITV1)


  • Eastenders (BBC One) – Having his wedding called off is the last in a string of stressful  incidences for Ian Beale, leading him to experience a mental health  crisis and leave Walford and his family behind.
  • Emmerdale (ITV1) – Having long enjoyed his position as head of the family, Zak Dingle  finds it incredibly hard to accept his diagnosis of depression. He  battles feelings of weakness and tries to hide his experiences from his  family.
  • Pobol y Cwm (S4C) – After being raped by a former friend, Macs experiences the mental  and emotional effects of the attack, before finally seeking support from  his father.


(7) Student journalist of the year

Winner: Ashley Hammer (London College of Communications)


  • Ashley Hamer (London College of Communication) – For her final year project, Ashley recorded the intimate story of a  mother and her son who regularly self-harms. An incredibly personal  portrayal which gets to the heart of the issues involved.
  • Ed Tarlton (Nottingham University) – Ed’s personal account of life as a student with depression resonates with many at university. Insightful and impactful.
  • Oliver Perkins-Gibbons (University of Lincoln) – In investigating the issue of student suicide, Oliver’s passion led  him to use the Freedom of Information Act, to obtain the figures for  students attempting suicide and those who had taken their own lives, in  every English university. His incredible investigation is documented  through this film.
  • Victoria Aitchison (London College  of Fashion) – As a final year fashion student experiencing mental health problems,  Victoria produced a digital magazine for her final project. She had a  breakdown in 2007 and has written about her own experiences hoping it  changes the way young people view mental health.


(8) Journalist of the year, sponsoredby AXA PPP healthcare

Winner: Julia George (BBC Radio Kent)


  • Emma Woolf (The Times) – Charting her personal journey to overcome anorexia, Emma Woolf has  written openly and honestly about the daily challenges and triumphs she  has faced week in, week out, through her column in The Times since 2010.
  • Julia George (BBC Radio Kent) – Julia’s morning show regularly focuses on mental health issues,  uncovering the real-life concerns faced by many who listen across the  county.  The audience have shared their experiences of depression,  suicide, body image and addiction through calls, emails, texts and  tweets, motivated by Julia’s sensitive approach.
  • Patrick Strudwick (Freelance, The Times, the Independent) –Patrick Strudwick has been dedicated in following a two-year  professional conduct case against a gay ‘cure’ therapist and reported  expertly on its conclusion. Furthermore, he has written widely about  mental health issues from bipolar disorder, bulimia and body dysmorphia  to post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety and depression.
  • Tim Samuels, Men’s Hour (BBC Radio 5 Live) – Men’s Hour was the brainchild of Tim and once it hit the airwaves, he  has used his position to tackle mental health issues with passion,  creativity and impact. He has also shone a candid light on a range of  issues from art therapy to depression and PTSD.
  • Lucy Johnston and Ted Jeory (Sunday Express) – Since launching the Sunday Express Crusade for Better Mental Health,  Lucy and Ted have featured weekly pieces on what many regard as  Britain’s biggest taboo. They have created public debate to encourage  readers in thinking and talking about mental health in the same way as  physical health.


(9) Drama

Winner: Homeland


  • This is England ’88 (Channel 4)  – In this incredibly challenging storyline we see Lol, played by  actress Vicky McClure, reach out for help after a number of traumatic  incidents, experienced over many years, takes a toll on her mental  health.
  • Top Boy (Channel 4)  – Against the backdrop of East London drug and gang culture, a single  mother is hospitalised with depression, leaving her son to fend for  himself. A heartening tale of recovery and the wide-reaching impact of  mental health problems.
  • Homeland (Channel 4)  – Claire Danes plays Carrie Mathison, a CIA officer who has bipolar  disorder. Through the series she struggles to hide her condition,  fearful she’ll lose her job if her mental health diagnosis is  discovered.
  • Appropriate Adult (ITV1)  – A two-part drama following Janet Leach, played by Emily Watson, and  the emotional and mental distress caused to her family as she takes on  the role of Appropriate Adult for Fred West. We see her partner  experience the deterioration of his mental health and start to  experience symptoms of bipolar disorder.
  • Waterloo Road(BBC One)  – The stress of exams leads schoolboy Josh to stop taking the  medication he needs to manage his schizophrenia. He experiences episodes  of psychosis and in this episode is taken to hospital.


(10) Making a difference, sponsored by Havas Worldwide London

Presented to a broadcaster or individual whose innovative and  sensitive work on mental health problems has made a genuine impact. The  award is for those who set the agenda and initiate change.

Winner: Sunday Express team for their Crusade for Better Mental Health


(11) Speaking out, sponsored by Comic Relief

Presented to an individual who has experienced mental health  problems, for their inspirational contribution to at least one of the  shortlisted entries.

Winner: Vasoulla Savvidou, who featured in Britain’s Biggest Hoarders



The TWIM awards 2012 – the best in mental health blogging

17 Nov

Now’s the time to nominate your favourite mental health blogs for the TWIM awards 2012. Don’t be shy!

If you know a good blog or 3, click on this link to nominate them for an award:

Nominate your favourite blogs for TWIM awards

Please share what you know so others can enjoy excellent mental health writing too!

Here’s the embarrassing bit, the TWIM awards “meet the judges” page. Guess who’s on this year’s judging panel? Little ol’ me. Aw shucks.

Here’s a link to the Storify story I put together explaining the TWIM Awards 20112.


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