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Shortlisted for the Mind Media Awards

Mind, the mental health charity, has announced the shortlist for its 2016 Media Awards.

The shortlisted entries from across the media spectrum cover a wide range of mental health issues. The nominees will go head-to-head on Monday November 14 at The Troxy theatre in London.

Mind’s annual award ceremony celebrates and honours the very best portrayals and reporting of mental health problems across broadcast, print and digital media.

Stories from those with lived experience have a strong presence this year, with those up for nomination including Jeremy Vine’s 90 second stories on BBC Radio 2, Channel 4’s The Island with Bear Grylls and BBC Three documentary Professor Green: Suicide and Me.

Paul Farmer, Chief Executive of Mind, the mental health charity, says: “The media we consume, whether through TV documentaries, print news, digital blogs, radio or film, has a huge impact on people’s attitudes towards mental health problems. Sensitive, accurate portrayals play a vital role in reducing the stigma and discrimination experienced by people with mental health problems.

“The entries this year reflect the media’s efforts to tell real stories, and dedicate an increasing amount of space to people speaking about their own experiences. I would like to congratulate all the nominees for making it to the shortlist, and wish the judges good luck in what will be a very tough job picking the winners!”