BBC Radio 1 Breakfast DJ Greg will be following in the footsteps of previous hosts, including Stephen Fry and Fearne Cotton, to celebrate the best reporting and portrayals of mental health in the media, ranging from current affairs and entertainment to soaps and podcasts.
“I’m incredibly proud to be the host of this year’s Mind Media Awards, as a firm believer in mental health being something we should all understand and talk about more.
“The awards will not only be recognising the essential role the media plays in shaping the way we all think about mental health problems, but they’ll also be celebrating the incredible individuals who are sharing their personal stories of living with mental health problems in the hope that they help others. It’s a brilliant thing to be involved in and I cannot wait for the evening.”
The prestigious media awards have been running for more than 25 years and feature a diverse panel of expert judges from across the industry – many of whom have personal experience of mental health problems and are former Mind Media Award winners. Channel 4 drama ‘Pure’, Louis Theroux’s BBC documentary ‘Mothers on the Edge’ and ITV’s ‘Coronation Street’ are just some of the programmes to make it onto the shortlist this year.
Greg is known for going to extremes to raise money for charity. In 2016, he underwent the GREGATHOLON where he completed 5 Triathlons in five days in five cities, raising £1 million for charity. In 2018, he took part again in GREGATHLON: PEDAL TO THE PEAKS where he cycled over 500 miles, climbed Snowdon and Scafell Pike and despite being postponed due to extreme weather conditions, returned to climb Ben Nevis and raised over £1 million for young people’s mental health projects.
“We are delighted Greg James will be hosting this year’s Bupa Mind Media Awards. He entertains millions of us every morning, and we have no doubt he will be an absolutely fantastic host who’ll give our guests a truly memorable evening. We’re looking forward to some of Greg’s trademark jokes and surprises!
“The Awards bring together the very best journalists, programme makers, and creatives across the industry to mark exemplary work in mental health and the media. Mental health has a profile like never before and it’s even more important that readers and viewers across the country are seeing accurate, sensitive portrayals of mental health that reflect the real experiences of themselves and their loved ones.”
You can join the conversation about the Bupa Mind Media Awards on Twitter with @MindCharity using #MindAwards.
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