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The Virgin Money Giving Mind Media Awards celebrate the best examples of reporting and portrayal of mental health in print, broadcast, digital media and now for the second year on the big screen!

Our Film Award, sponsored by ODEON, is for the movie you decide has had the most impact for its depiction of mental health in the last year. This year's nominees are: I, Daniel Blake, Manchester by the Sea, Trolls, and The Girl on the Train.

We're inviting you to choose the winner from this shortlist. To help you decide, we asked two Mind supporters and two of our staff to write about their choice. Voting closes on 3 November and the winner will be announced at the Awards ceremony taking place at the ODEON Leicester Square on 13 November. Thank you to ODEON for making this award possible.

I, Daniel Blake

Carpenter Daniel Blake, played by Dave Johns, is recovering from a heart attack and befriends a single mother and her two children as they navigate their way through the modern benefits system. With equal amounts of humour, warmth and despair, Ken Loach’s film is a journey that is heartfelt and emotional until the end.

Manchester by the Sea

Lee Chandler, played by Casey Affleck in an Oscar-winning performance, is living with depression and working as a handyman for a Boston apartment block. Following the death of his brother, he is suddenly appointed as guardian to his 16-year-old nephew. His return to the past re-opens an unspeakable tragedy.

Trolls

The animated film is the story of the overly optimistic Trolls, with a constant song on their lips, and the comically pessimistic Bergens, who are only happy when they have trolls in their stomach. It’s a film about friendship, self-confidence and the meaning of happiness.

 

The Girl on the Train

The Girl on the Train, based on the best-selling book by Paula Hawkins, is the story of Rachel Watson's life post-divorce. Rachel, played by Emily Blunt, deals with depression and alcoholism, and how they can be inextricably linked. 

"We are committed to helping highlight the issue of mental health and tackling the stigma that surrounds it, and are delighted to have been working with Mind since the start of this year. Films not only transport our guests’ imaginations, but are a fantastic way to educate and bring key issues and themes to the forefront of people’s minds."

Duncan Reynolds, ODEON Cinemas UK & Ireland

"Through imagination film enhances the realm of what is possible and encourages audiences to change the way they view mental health. The shortlist for this category illustrates the astonishingly wide array of films which are engaging with mental health. Tough competition and we wish all of our nominees the best of luck in the vote.”

Alison Kerry, Mind's Head of Media 

Celebrating positive mental health portrayals

The Virgin Money Giving Mind Media Awards celebrate the best examples of reporting and portrayal of mental health in print, broadcast and digital media. We hold these annual awards to recognise media professionals, organisations, productions and students who report responsibly and sensitively on mental health issues.

Eleven special awards are granted in categories including film, news and current affairs programme, journalist, documentary and digital champion. Two special awards will also be presented on the night.

Winners will be announced at a celebratory event at ODEON Leicester Square on Monday 13 November bringing together celebrities, industry professionals and people who have shared their personal experiences through the media.

 

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