Actress, comedian, writer and journalist Helen Lederer will host next week’s Mind Media Awards, which take place at the BFI on Monday 17 November.
Most recognisable for her numerous TV performances in successful comedy series, including “Absolutely Fabulous”, Helen will host the celebratory awards event for journalists, broadcasters and production teams. Winning entries, chosen by a panel of industry experts, are recognised for raising awareness of mental health problems and tackling outdated stereotypes.
Helen, who has been known to UK audiences for more than 30 years, has spoken about her own battle with, and treatment for, depression and says:
"The media is hugely influential in shaping people's opinions of mental health, for both good and ill, which is why I'm delighted to host this year's Mind Media Awards. Script writers, journalists and broadcasters play a huge role in challenging myths so we can all better understand the real facts about mental health problems and how they can affect people.
“It’s going to be an inspirational evening and I’m very much looking forward to seeing the finalists’ entries and celebrating everybody’s great work."
Paul Farmer, Chief Executive of Mind says:
“We’re delighted to welcome Helen as host for the 21st annual Mind Media Awards and are confident her humour and candour will make for a very entertaining evening.
“Our finalists’ programmes, blogs and news reports have successfully challenged myths, misinformation and clichés about mental health. They have also encouraged positive debate and tackled stigma and discrimination so we’re excited to hear participants’ stories and honour their excellent work on Monday night.”
Eleven awards will be presented on the night in categories including entertainment, journalist of the year and student journalist of the year.
Finalists for the Mind Media Awards 2014 can be seen at www.mind.org.uk/awards. Join the conversation on Twitter with @MindCharity using the tag #mindawards