How has it been for you? ‘In the Mind’ took to the air on Sunday – and it’s been quite a week, hasn’t it? You’ll be a better judge of what’s been achieved than me, but I’ve had the feeling all this week – of mental health taking its rightful place in the national spotlight. What a joy that is to see.
‘In the Mind’ has gone – literally – from Kidderminster to Kabul.
I’m not sure it’s possible for one person to have watched, read and listened to everything: from ‘The Not So Secret Life of the Manic Depressive: 10 Years On’, to ‘My Baby, Psychosis and Me’, from the One Show, to 5 Live and the World Service, BBC local radio, Inside Out, PM on BBC Radio 4, BBC News on Facebook – I could go on. ‘In the Mind’ has gone – literally – from Kidderminster to Kabul.
Have there been stresses along the way? Yup. Have they taken years off my life? My doctor won’t say. Have there been times when I thought: ‘whose dumb idea was this?’ You bet. Luckily – I am blessed with some of the most wonderful colleagues – among them my friend and fellow producer Gabby O’Donnell – who has saved me from meltdown on more occasions than I care to remember.
"The goal was understanding, compassion and kindness. I hope some of that has come through."
And many of the things I’ve seen this week in my home base – the BBC News at Six and Ten -- will live long in the memory. Who could forget Steve Mallen, father of Edward who took his own life