Hollyoaks Logo 2013The Mind Media Awards 2013 shortlist includes nominations for Waterloo Road, Hollyoaks and Casualty.Mind, the mental health charity has announced their shortlist for the Mind Media Awards. The 2013 gong show, in November, will be sponsored by Virgin Money Giving and BAFTA winning Broadchurch actress Olivia Colman has been confirmed to present a special award at the ceremony.

I believe authenticity is at the heart of any drama worth its salt – it’s as true for costume design as a character’s accent, but it’s vital that programme makers understand there’s no exception when it comes to the portrayal of mental health problems. The media industry has huge influence and with that comes a responsibility to contest the stigma that sadly still exists, through accurate representation.

The Mind Media Awards sponsored by Virgin Money Giving, challenges actors, writers, programme makers, journalists and bloggers to do just this. I am thrilled to be presenting an award at this year’s event and therein celebrating those who’ve got it right, showing the true story of mental health. – Olivia Colman

Three soaps are nominated with Waterloo Road for BBC One listed for their storyline which saw character Kacey experience mental distress as she came to terms with her decision to speak openly about her transgender identity.

Waterloo-RoadAlso for BBC One is Casualty which screened a series of scenes which showed Dr Nick Jordan caring for a feisty outpatient called Lauren. Lauren implied she was terminally ill but Jordon discovered she had anorexia and fought for her recovery.

Channel 4’s teen saga Hollyoaks is nominated for its storyline which showed sixth form student Esther suffer bullying at the hands of her group of supposed friends. The story builds over months, leaving her feeling isolated and scared. Esther can no longer escape the torment and attempts to take her own life.

Other dramas nominated for the 2013 awards include The Village, the psychological impact of WW1 is shown in this BBC One saga while BBC Three’s In The Flesh sees a teenager who committed suicide return as a zombie, Channel 4’s Homeland which included electro-convulsive therapy and My Mad Fat Teenage Diary, also from Channel 4, through comedy, romance and friendship, depicts the everyday problems faced by a teenager with experience of depression.

The gong show takes place at the British Film Institute in November.

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