Media volunteers are extremely important to our work. Journalists from a huge variety of media are frequently looking to interview people with particular experiences of mental health problems. Being able to include a 'human interest' element can make or break a story in the media, bring an issue to life, and allow the audience to empathise with issues around mental health.
As a media volunteer, you might be on TV news speaking about employment, being interviewed for a weekend newspaper feature about experiences of depression, or featuring in a glossy magazine talking about how exercise can boost mental wellbeing. In some cases you can be interviewed anonymously, and we would never send your details to a journalist without permission – we take confidentiality very seriously. If you did agree to an interview, we’d support you both before and after the event.
As part of our housing campaign, we’re looking for people to share their experiences of living in, or waiting to get, social housing. Social housing is accommodation provided to those who need it by local authorities, housing associations and charities if they’re affected by issues such as low income or disability. Your story will help us highlight what decision-makers need to do to improve housing for people with mental health problems and make sure everyone has a safe place to call home.
We’re looking to expand the diversity of experiences we put forward for media opportunities to make sure we’re representing everyone who lives with a mental health problem. If you are from a BAME background and would like to share your mental health story, we’d love to speak to you. And we’re particularly keen to hear from young (18-30), black men.
Are you a devoted football fan? Has football had a positive impact on your mental health? If so, we’d love to hear from you from some exciting plans as part of Mind’s two-season partnership with the EFL (English Football League). We’re ideally looking to hear from fans of EFL clubs rather than Premier League clubs, so if you’re team is in the Championship, League 1 or League 2, please let us know how supporting them has helped your mental health.
The Mental Health Act sets out when people with a mental health problem can be detained and treated in hospital against their will. It was written in 1983 and needs updating. An independent review of the Act has just been published, with the potential to make a huge difference to the way people in mental health crisis are treated in hospital. If you've been detained under the Mental Health Act, we need your stories to help us demonstrate the importance of change. We are particularly interested in hearing from black men aged 18-30.
We’d like to speak to anyone who is living in Wales who: