News and Current Affairs

Awarded to a news strand or news programme that demonstrate a commitment to mental health reporting across the year.

Winner

BBC News at Ten

BBC One

This year, BBC News at Ten produced stories about pressure on mental health services, the hundreds of people left with mental health problems after the Grenfell Tower fire and high rate of suicides among students. The BBC’s coverage had a particular focus on young people and sheds light on personal stories about specific mental health problems including anorexia, hoarding and personality disorder.

Shortlisted entries

5 News

Channel 5

5 News pursued a series of investigations into different aspects of mental healthcare, revealing the extent of the NHS and private care crisis. The stories reveal a number of shocking safety failures, including 25 inpatient deaths and a large number of incidents of inappropriate sexual behaviour.

State of Mind

BBC Radio 5 Live

The State of Mind season covered mental health stories on the shortage of crisis teams in England, what it’s like to grow up as a young carer and the #mumtakeover project, which focused on mums and mental health, sharing stories on postnatal depression and loneliness. 

On Your Mind

Channel 4

On Your Mind’s role is to give a voice to those who are rarely heard and often ignored. The coverage included a hard-hitting story on suicide in Gaza, and an exclusive look into a psychiatric unit where well known artists are trying to help patients.

Victoria Derbyshire

BBC Two / BBC News

This year the Victoria Derbyshire programme has covered a range of mental health stories including the experiences of Sherry Denness, who tried to take her life nine times before she was able to receive the help she needed on the NHS. Another investigation into what more can be done to improve treatment explored whether there is institutional racism in the UK’s mental health services.

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