Mind Logo 2013BBC Two’s Newsnight and drama Casualty were among the winners at the 20th Mind Media Awards last night.

Sponsored by Virgin Money Giving and hosted by BBC Radio 1 DJ Scott Mills, the awards celebrate the best portrayals and reporting of mental health in the media. Olivia Colman, Ruby Wax and Denise Welch were among the stars to attend the ceremony at the British Film Institute.

Casualty took home the award for best Soap or continual series, recognising their long running anorexia storyline, involving characters Nick Jordan and hospital outpatient Lauren.

Newsnight’s documentary, Postpartum Psychosis, took home the Ian Wilkinson News and Current Affairs Award. The film focuses on the one in 500 women who experience postpartum psychosis after the birth of a child and emphasizes the worrying under-reporting of this mental health problem.

Olivia Colman, who presented the Speaking Out Award said: “The Mind Media Awards sponsored by Virgin Money Giving, challenges actors, writers, programme makers, journalists and bloggers to do just this and I was thrilled to present an award at this year’s event.”

The full list of winners:

  • Documentary – Jon Richardson: A Little Bit OCD (Open Mike Productions for Channel 4)
  • Drama – The Village (Company Pictures for BBC One)
  • Ian Wilkinson News and Current Affairs Award -Newsnight: Postpartum Psychosis (BBC Two)
  • Print campaign – Caterer and Hotelkeeper Magazine: Open Minds Campaign
  • Radio – Scorzayzee & the S-Word (Radio 1Xtra)
  • Soaps or continual series – Casualty (BBC Productions for BBC One)
  • Entertainment – Fixers talk about mental health (ITV and UTV Regional News)
  • The Mark Hanson Digital Media Award – Purple Persuasion http://purplepersuasion.wordpress.com
  • Journalist of the Year, sponsored by Bupa – Catrin Nye (Newsnight and BBC Asian Network)
  • Anna Sargent Student Journalist Award – Holly McCormack (Mental Matters Magazine)
  • Speaking Out Award, sponsored by Comic Relief – Joyce Salter (A Little Bit OCD, Open Mike Productions for Channel 4)
  • Making a Difference Award, sponsored by Havas Worldwide London – Tim Samuels

“The media has amazing power to inform and to inspire. It has a duty to tell the truth about mental health problems and in doing so, challenge the painfully outdated opinions that many people still hold.” – Scott Mills

For more info on the media award winners, click here.

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