BBC scoops prizes for mental health coverage

The BBC has dominated the Mental Health Media Awards, which recognise the best in reporting and portrayals of mental health issues.

The BBC Six O’Clock News was commended for its piece on children and mental health in the television and radio news category of the awards.

The ceremony held at BAFTA, London last night [11 October] also presented the young people’s media prize to CBBC’s Newsround Extra for its story on the impact of poverty on young people with mental health issues called The Wrong Trainers.

Other journalistic winners from the 11 categories were: South London Press for a piece entitled ‘Madness’ in the print category which formed part of an ongoing campaign to keep the emergency clinic at the Maudsley psychiatric hospital open; BBC Two for its Rain In My Heart documentary; and BBC Radio 1, 1 Xtra, bbc.co.uk/radio for its Feed Your Head campaign, which was commended for raising public awareness. BBC Learning also won the Making a Difference award for its contribution to coverage of people with mental health issues.

Maggie Gibbons, chief executive of Mental Health Media which organizes the Awards, said: ‘2007 saw more entries than ever before – a testimony to producers and journalists who see the potential of mental health issues to put together interesting and challenging articles and programmes.’

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