for better mental health

News & Current Affairs - Mind Media Awards 2016 Winner

ITV News Central, ITV Central

ITV News aims to illustrate the variety and extent of mental health issues in the country, the challenges faced and the progress being made through reporting a variety of stories. They have covered issues such as the challenges facing ethnic minority communities, the growing problem of suicide and the pressures on emergency services.

"I thought it was brilliant. A good range of issues covered such as stress experienced by emergency services staff, male eating disorders and the stigma of mental health in Asian communities. Not just going for the obvious. There are a lot of easy touchpoints and they had always thought of the story differently."

- Judge's comment

With thanks

Mind and the award judges would like to give special thanks to the other entrants:

BBC News at Six, BBC One

'In the Mind', a week long season of reports showcasing mental health, was the most ambitious project on mental health ever attempted by BBC News. It explored the funding of NHS mental health services; developments in neuroscience; attempts to reduce stigma; perspectives from the black community and the first ever interview with a British Prime Minister about mental health, by Fiona Bruce with David Cameron in Downing Street.

Channel 5 News, Channel 5

5 News continues its commitment to covering mental health through giving a voice to patients and their families, uncovering failings and highlighting how budget tightening is having a real effect on lives.

Afternoon Edition on BBC Radio 5 live

Across a variety of reports, BBC Radio 5 live have addressed issues such as postpartum psychosis, PTSD, mental health at the Edinburgh festival and the dangers of sharing of self-harm images online. They engaged with case studies with lived experience, actors playing characters with mental health problems and charities in their reports. 

ITV News Central, ITV Central

ITV News aims to illustrate the variety and extent of mental health issues in the country, the challenges faced and the progress being made through reporting a variety of stories. They have covered issues such as the challenges facing ethnic minority communities, the growing problem of suicide and the pressures on emergency services.

Victoria Derbyshire programme, BBC Two

Over the past 12 months Victoria Derbyshire has reported on dozens of mental health stories in addition to conducting its own investigations. They led a two-hour audience debate in which, 70 people stood up and told a national television audience how mental illness affects them, with empowering, emotional and illuminating results.

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