Prince Harry presented the Speaking Out Award at last night’s event celebrating the very best reporting and portrayals of mental health in the media.
“I wanted to come here tonight to say thank you. At the beginning of the year William, Catherine and I believed the country was on the cusp of something special. We noticed after decades of hard work from dedicated campaigners, people seemed ready for a different kind of conversation on mental health. Everyone was tired of stigma and scare stories about mental illness, and frustrated it was always being written up in a negative way. They saw that their children were emotionally open in new ways that seemed positive and empowering. Finally, we were all beginning to grasp that mental fitness was an issue worth talking about for every one of us. They were ready for a truly national conversation on mental health.” – Prince Harry
Cold Feet, Hollyoaks, Victoria Derbyshire, Bryony Gordon and I, Daniel Blake were among the winners at the Virgin Money Giving Mind Media Awards last night. The ceremony, hosted by Mind Ambassador Fearne Cotton, with an introduction from the charity’s President Stephen Fry, was held at the ODEON Leicester Square.
Celebrity guests including Frankie Bridge, George Ezra, John Thomson, Andrea McLean, Nadia Sawalha and Harry Judd attended the awards to celebrate those who, through compelling, honest, and well-crafted work in the media are making a contribution to changing attitudes about mental health.
“With the help of people in this room, this is exactly what we’ve had. In classrooms, in workplaces, around the dinner table, between friends even between strangers. People are now really talking about their own wellbeing and looking to help those around them. And while just talking doesn’t cure all ills, we are now shattering the silence that was a real barrier to progress. ” – Prince Harry
Prince Harry presented the Speaking Out Award, to the ten runners who featured in the BBC One documentary Mind over Marathon. It is the first time that Mind has given the prestigious award to more than one winner, but in a year that has been exceptional for people speaking publicly about their mental health, the charity wanted to recognise the whole group as a symbol of their remarkable achievements.
Prince Harry, together with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, has this year spearheaded the Heads Together campaign, of which Mind is a charity partner. The Heads Together campaign, which aims to change the conversation about mental health, was also the charity partner for this year’s Virgin Money London Marathon.
“We are grateful that so many in the media got behind the Heads Together campaign. You helped make it the success it has been. But the biggest thanks has to go to the British public. You embraced it, you engaged with it, you normalised it. I’m sure millions of you were surprised by how many people around you had suffered without you knowing. And at the same time, what a relief it was that you were now able to share your own hardships and experiences. Whether you were the talker or the listener, we have all learned a great deal about ourselves and become better people for it. The nominees here tonight have told incredible stories of courage, challenge and triumph throughout an extraordinary year of mental health journalism. Thank you so much for your work and dedication. But I would especially like to thank the people who were brave enough to share their own personal stories with the public.” – Prince Harry
The full list of Virgin Money Giving Mind Media Award winners:
My Mind & Me, BBC Radio1, BBC Radio 1Xtra & BBC Asian Network
Entertainment sponsored by The Energy Network
The Things Not To Say, BBC Three (Mentorn Media)
Student Journalist in memory of Anna Sargent
Robin Brinkworth, Edinburgh University
Mind Matters Campaign, Construction News
News & Current Affairs
Victoria Derbyshire, BBC Two & BBC News Channel
Journalist sponsored by Bupa
Catherine Jones, 5 News, ITN
Soaps or Continual Series sponsored by Lipsy
Hollyoaks, Channel 4 (Lime Pictures)
Film sponsored by ODEON
I, Daniel Blake, directed by Ken Loach
The Mental Podcast, Ian Boldsworth
Documentary sponsored The England and Wales Cricket Board
Me and My Mental Illness, Channel 5 (Knickerbockerglory TV)
Cold Feet, ITV (Big Talk Productions)
The ten runners from BBC’s Mind Over Marathon
Making a Difference
Bryony Gordon, writer of Mad Girl, presenter of the Telegraph’s Mad World podcast, founder of Mental Health Mates
Loose Women Lighten the Load Hero award