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Mental Health Media Awards 2009 shortlist announced

23rd September 2009

Leading mental health charity Mind today announces the shortlist for this year's Mental Health Media Awards sponsored by Comic Relief and Shift. Terry Pratchett, Fiona Phillips and Alastair Campbell are among those competing for the Full Length Television Documentary prize and the BBC and Channel 4 go head to head in many of the categories with top rated soaps Eastenders and Hollyoaks battling it out for the Soaps and Continual TV Drama award.

This is the first year the prestigious event, which celebrates the best portrayals of mental distress and reporting of mental health in broadcast media, will be managed by Mind following its merger with Mental Health Media earlier this year.

The full list of nominations are:

Full Length Television Documentary sponsored by Rethink

Terry Pratchett: Living with Alzheimer's (BBC Two/IWC Media) - A two-part series following best-selling author Terry Pratchett through his first year with Alzheimer's.  

Cracking up (BBC Two/Liberty Bell Productions) - Former Downing Street Director of Communications Alastair Campbell reflects on the breakdown he experienced in 1986, and his subsequent recovery.

Chosen: True stories (More4/True Vision) - Abused as children at one English preparatory school, three men recount their experiences of grooming and its devastating long-term effects.

Her name is Sabine (More4/ICA) - French actress Sandrine Bonnaire uses home-movie footage to create a loving portrait of Sabine, her 38-year-old autistic sister, and to trace her behavioural decline.

Mum, Dad, Alzheimer's and me: Dispatches (Channel 4 / Hardcash) - TV presenter Fiona Phillips' mother and father both have Alzheimers, here she investigates the struggle of sufferers and their families to get adequate care and support.

Short Television Documentary sponsored by Rethink

Insanity of war: Unreported world (Channel 4/Quicksilver) - Reporter Seyi Rhodes visits Sierra Leone, ten years after one of the most brutal conflicts in recent history. Thousands of people have been left severely traumatised, but the country is served by just one psychiatrist.

Kevin Whately on dementia: Tonight (ITV/ITV Studios) - The actor discusses his mother's struggle with Alzheimer's and examines the disparity in medical care for the disease.

The shooting party (Channel 4/Maverick) - Nine disabled film-makers direct their own short films, and support each other through the process. Mattie Kitchen's film focuses on how her relationship with her horse helped her recover from clinical depression.

Television and Radio News sponsored by The Sainsbury Centre for Mental Health

John Suchet interview: Today (BBC Radio 4) - This exclusive interview with John Suchet about his wife's dementia helps to raise awareness about the patchy support available to carers.

Mental health in Parliament: Newsnight (BBC Two) - Caroline Hawley reports that one in five MPs has had a mental health problem but is fearful about the consequences of admitting it.

Binyam Mohamed: Jon Manel interview (BBC Radio 4/World Service/5 Live) - In his only broadcast interview, Binyam Mohamed who was held at Guantanamo Bay for four years claims he was tortured.

Young People's Media sponsored by The Samaritans

 Troubled minds (Teachers TV/Mosaic Films) - Four short animated films narrated by young people who have experienced a range of mental health problems.

Wasted by smack (Channel 4/True Vision) - Ian and April are both teenage heroin users, this documatary shows how utterly destructive the drug is when it takes hold of young lives.

Bug Bears website (CBBC/Magic Lantern/Studio Liddell) - A website where children can discuss their 'Bugbears' anonymously through animated creatures who use the children's voices.

Gone: Newsround (BBC One) - A documentary that tells the story of four children, each of whom has lost someone they love.

TV Drama

Cracked (STV/STV Productions) - A series set in a residential rehab clinic in the Scottish countryside, following the ups and downs of both clients and therapists.

Missing (BBC One/Leopardrama Ltd) - When an autistic boy is found by the Missing Persons Unit there is concern for the welfare of his mother.

 Moses Jones (BBC Two) - When the mutilated body of a black man is discovered, cynical detective Moses Jones is assigned to the case simply because of his ethnicity.

Soaps and Continual TV Drama

EastEnders (BBC One) - One of EastEnders' most loved characters, Stacey Branning comes to terms with the prospect that she may have bipolar disorder, the same condition that her mother has had for many years.

Doctors (BBC One) - Focuses on a woman's borderline personality disorder, and the difficulties faced by a young doctor sectioning their first patient.

Hollyoaks (Channel 4/Lime Pictures) - Newt is behaving uncharacteristically and is diagnosed with schizophrenia with the support of his family he begins to understand and control his illness.

Pobol Y Cwm (S4C/BBC Cymru) - The long running Welsh language daily soap depicts postnatal depression through the story of a single mother.

Factual Radio

Community Care? State of mind (BBC Radio 4) - Claudia Hammond explores 50 years of the changing mental health care system from the personal perspective of service users and providers.

Male anorexia: Mirror Mirror (BBC Radio Scotland) - One man's story of how anorexia took grip of his life and how he overcame the condition.

Mind your own business? You and Yours (BBC Radio 4) - A phone in on the dilemma for job applicants on whether to reveal a history of mental problems.

Whistling in the dark (BBC Radio Wales) - Welsh rugby referee Clive Norling talks about his battle with depression, and how treatments, therapies, friends, family and faith helped him to recover.

Radio Drama

Do's and don'ts for the mentally interesting (BBC Radio 4) - Uplifting factual drama based on 23-year old Seaneen Molloy's acclaimed blog about learning to live - and love - with bipolar disorder.

Flaw in the motor, dust in the blood (BBC Radio 4) - Screen thriller writer Trevor Preston explores his own 'interior landscape' in this unusual and personal view of bipolar disorder.

Nina Black (BBC Radio 3/Crosslab Productions) - A mix of drama and interviews with Nina Black, a Swede with severe attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder.

Raising Public Awareness Chosen (More4/True Vision) - Abused as children at one English preparatory school, three men recount their experiences of grooming and its devastating long-term effects.

BBC Headroom Campaign (BBC) - Campaign to raise awareness of the importance of good mental health and to de-stigmatise mental illness includes TV programmes, website, helpline and outreach at festivals, in libraries and student unions.

Don't cover up your problems (UTV/Channel 4/Talksport/Downtown/CoolFM Radio) - Campaign targeting young men to raise awareness of mental health and encourage a positive attitude to seeking help for self and others.

Mind Chief Executive Paul Farmer said: "The standard of entries for this year's Mental Health Media Awards is exceptionally high. Those shortlisted illustrate the important contribution that broadcast media can make in educating the public and changing attitudes about mental health issues for the better. We hope these awards will be an inspiration to broadcasters and encourage them to commission more good quality programmes about mental health in the future."

Three new judges join the panel for this year's deliberations BAFTA award winning script writer Jimmy McGovern, Heart FM DJ Matt Wilkinson and TV medical expert and practicing GP Dr Radha Modgil.

Matt Wilkinson said: "Disappointingly, mental health issues still have a stigma attached to them and I am looking forward to rewarding those broadcasters who have tried to combat it and promote a better understanding of the subject. With such understanding comes acceptance and in turn a better quality of life for those who live with mental health problems. Positive portrayals of mental health in the media may also help encourage other individuals to seek help and not suffer in silence."

Dr Radha Modgil said: "No-one ever teaches people how to care for their mental health and yet in day-to-day medical practice, every single patient I see will be affected by a mental health issue at some point in their lives. As a medical presenter I know the overwhelming influence the media can have in raising the public's awareness about their health via television, radio, internet and journalism. I am very excited to be part of the Mental Health Media Awards, which recognises the media's positive influence surrounding mental health issues. Its role in prevention, recognition and destigmatisation of mental health issues, as well as encouraging people to seek help deserves to be rewarded."

The awards ceremony will be held at BAFTA on Tuesday 24 November. More information can be found at http://www.mind.org.uk/mediaawards  


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