Mind Media Awards 2013 Opens for Entries
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The Mind Media Awards, now in their 20th year, are now open for entries from journalists, broadcasters and others involved in the media, and are looking for published portrayals and reports of mental health issues from the last year. The ceremony will be held at the BFI in November, and will be a chance to celebrate positive portrayal of mental health in the media, knowing the power that media has to raise the awareness of such issues, as well as removing the stigma so often associated with mental health problems. Last year’s awards were hosted by Stephen Fry, and winners included the Channel Four series Homeland for its portrayal of a character with bipolar disorder as well as The Sunday Express’s campaign ‘Crusade for Better Mental Health’. The awards recognise individuals and teams who accurately portray mental health issues rather than following stereotypes, and whose work includes the point of view of people who have themselves experienced mental health problems. Stephen Fry said: “In our world the media have such immeasurable power to persuade and mould public opinion. It is vital that those within the industry recognise this and, therein, the role they can play in confronting the stigma that surrounds mental health problems. “The Mind Media Awards dares actors, writers, programme makers, journalists and bloggers to do just this. It’s an opportunity to celebrate the pioneers who challenge audiences to think differently about mental health.” Categories include documentary, radio, TV entertainment and digital media, as well as Student Journalist of the Year. A full list of categories and details on how to enter can be found on the website. Entries close on Friday 28th June 2013.