BBC wins six Mental Health Media Awards

Mind Mental Health Media Awards winnersThe BBC collected six awards at last night’s Mind Mental Health Media Awards 2010 including the news and current affairs, documentary and radio prizes.

BBC World Service took the news and current affairs prize for a programme which explored the impact of mental health issues across the globe.

Radio 4’s Anatomy of a Mental Illness claiming the speech radio title for following the story of Angela Barnes, who was detained under the Mental Health Act after a psychotic episode in 2005.

The documentary prize was collected by BBC Four’s Sectioned which followed the journey of three individuals through the mental health system.

The full list of winners:

Documentary winner: Sectioned (BBC Four)

Sectioned follows the experiences of Andrew, Richard and Anthony on their journey through the mental health system. With unprecedented access to one of the largest mental health trusts in the UK, it brings into sharp focus the huge challenges faced by patients and staff alike.
 
Drama winner: Shameless: Series 7 (Channel 4)

Manchester based comedy drama Shameless explores bipolar disorder as character Karen tries to deal with the death of her best friend Mandy.

News and Current Affairs winner: Global Mental Health Series (World Service)

BBC World Service news explores the impact, extent and outlook for mental health problems across the globe from the first Global Mental Health Summit in Athens.

New Media winner: BBC Headroom

BBC Headroom is a multi-platform campaign which aims to raise awareness of the importance of good mental health and de-stigmatise mental health problems. At the heart of the campaign is this website which provides a safe and inviting place to explore some difficult issues.

Soaps winner: EastEnders (BBC One)

The ongoing storyline focusing on the Slater family’s experience of bipolar disorder sees Stacey stop taking her medication and becoming very unwell and her mother faced with the heartbreaking decision of having her sectioned.

Speech Radio winner: Anatomy of a Mental Illness (Radio 4)

This programme follows the story of Angela Barnes, who was detained under the Mental Health Act after a psychotic episode in 2005. It traces Angela’s experiences, speaking to her family and carers about the impact of bipolar disorder and her path to recovery.

Speaking Out winner: Danny Claricoates

Former Royal Marine Danny Claricoates who developed post-traumatic stress disorder after witnessing the violent deaths of his two best friends while on duty in Afghanistan.                                     

Making a Difference winner: Marcus Trescothick

Cricketer Marcus Trescothick for his involvement with the BBC’s Inside Sport documentary investigating depression amongst sportsmen, as well as his continuing efforts to raise awareness of mental health problems.

Making a Difference winner: BBC Headroom

BBC Headroom for their innovative learning campaign, encouraging people to look after their mental wellbeing.

Picture: Production team of Sectioned accept award from judge Roger Graef (left) and host John Sergeant (right).

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