Looking back at the Mind Media Awards

The Mind Media Awards have been running for over 20 years celebrating the best possible representations of mental health in the media.

Here are some of the highlights from the last few years.

Mind Media Awards 2017

Cold Feet, Hollyoaks, Victoria Derbyshire, Bryony Gordon and I, Daniel Blake were among the winners at the 2017 Mind Media Awards. The ceremony, hosted by Mind Ambassador Fearne Cotton was held at the ODEON Leicester Square.

Prince Harry presented the Speaking Out Award to the ten runners who featured in the BBC One documentary Mind over Marathon. It is the first time that we have awarded more than one winner, but we wanted to recognise the whole group as a symbol of their remarkable achievements.

There was also a new award this year, as we came together with 2016 winners ITV’s Loose Women to launch the Lighten the Load Hero award. This award celebrates the everyday heroes who support those of us living with mental health problems and was presented to Leeanne Tomlinson who was nominated by her colleague Susan Kirlew.

The winners
The shortlist
The livestream

Mind Media Awards 2017

Footage from the 2017 Mind Media Awards.

Mind Media Awards 2016

Cricket legend Andrew 'Freddie' Flintoff MBE hosted the 2016 Mind Media Awards, with Professor Green, Loose Women and BBC Asian Network among those awarded at the event which was sponsored by Virgin Money Giving.

This year’s winners had a particularly strong showing from investigative journalists who went above and beyond to uncover mental health stories. Michael Buchanan was presented with the award for journalist of the year for his collection of original stories for BBC News illustrating the significant and deep-seated problems at Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust.

The blogger of the year award was presented to Rosey Adams for a deeply personal series of blogs exploring her experiences of postnatal and perinatal depression with all of her three children.

The winners
The shortlist
The photos

2016 Mind Media Awards film

Highlights from the 2016 Mind Media Awards.

Mind Media Awards 2015

Held at The Troxy in London, the Mind Media Awards 2015 showcased powerful local journalism with Sam Blackledge, Plymouth Herald taking home the Journalist award, and the Radio award going to BBC Radio Somerset for ‘Why is it so hard to talk about Suicide?’. Jonny Benjamin and Neil Laybourn took home a Making a Difference award for the ‘Find Mike’ campaign and Angela Samata’s moving documentary 'Life After Suicide', won Best Factual.

Jo Brand, host of the Mind Media Awards 2015, said:

“Many featured on this year’s Mind Media Awards shortlist confront the tragedy of suicide...It is fantastic to finally see a list of work which tackles this painful issue with care and aims to encourage anyone experiencing pain and distress to seek help as soon as possible."

The winners
The photos

2015 Mind Media Awards film

Watch all the action from the 2015 Mind Media Awards. 

Mind Media Awards 2014

The Mind Media Awards took place on Monday November 17 at the BFI. We received hundreds of entries to the awards, and the winners were dominated by young people as the BBC3 documentary ‘Diaries of a Broken Mind’, teen drama ‘My Mad Fat Diary’, 15-year-old blogger Ellen White and Radio 1 took home the top prizes.

The ceremony, hosted by comedian Helen Lederer, also featured guest presentations from TV presenter Jameela Jamil and actress Denise Welch.

The winners
The shortlist
The photos
The storystream

2014 Media Awards Film

Footage from the Mind Media Awards 2014.

Mind Media Awards 2013

The Mind Media Awards 2013 were hosted by Scott Mills. He said: 

“The media has amazing power to inform and to inspire. It has a duty to tell the truth about mental health problems and in doing so, challenge the painfully outdated opinions that many people still hold.”

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2013 Media Awards Film

Footage from the Mind Media Awards 2013.

Mind Media Awards 2012

The Mind Media Awards 2012 were hosted by Mind president Stephen Fry. He said: 

"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.”

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2012 Media Awards Film

Footage from the Mind Media Awards 2012.

Mind Media Awards 2011

The Mind Media Awards 2011 was hosted by Rebecca Front. She said: 

“I feel proud to have been part of an event which commends people in the media for their positive contributions to mental health. The media is hugely influential in shaping people's opinions of mental health, for both good and ill, so it’s brilliant to be able to highlight how well it can be done.”

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2011 Media Awards Film

Footage from the 2011 Mind Media Awards.

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