for better mental health

Media Advisory Service

Mind’s Media Advisory Service helps producers, researchers and writers at soaps and dramas to create accurate, sensitive storylines about mental health.

We know that good portrayals of mental health can have a huge impact on people, helping them to understand their own experiences and get support. Our latest research shows that 1 in 5 people who tuned in to a mental health storyline in a soap or drama realised that they were experiencing mental health problems themselves, or had done so in the past.

We help programme makers to create stories that are true to life, to help challenge stigma and improve everyone’s understanding of mental health.

“I had never heard of post-partum psychosis. So luckily with the help of Mind, they (Eastenders) put me in touch with some women who very kindly shared their stories with me. You are educating people on what is happening in the real world – you can lead people to help get a diagnosis.”

- Lacey Turner, who plays Stacey Fowler in Eastenders, was helped by the Media Advisory Service to portray postpartum psychosis.

What we offer

We provide end-to-end advice on how to dramatize mental health. We can advise on initial concepts and story outlines, and give feedback on scripts. We also work with case studies and offer workshops exploring people’s real-life experiences. We can support with the following:

  • The emotional and social experience of living with a mental health problem.
  • Diagnosis and treatment.
  • The journey through the mental health system.
  • Language.
  • Avoiding stigma and stereotypes.

You can also find out more about mental health diagnosis on our information pages, and view people’s real life stories.

Contact us

If you’d like support with a soap or drama, contact [email protected]k.

Other ways to get involved

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