Time to Change hosts a series of events for media professionals that focus on best practice, encourage debate and support the attendees to feel confident in writing or reporting about mental health sensitively and accurately.
Our most recent event, for broadcast journalists, was based at BBC Broadcasting House and was extremely well attended. We have already held successful events for magazine journalists, writers of soaps and dramas, newspaper journalists and documentary makers.
These are our aims:
- each event will focus on a different output or a different genre
- it is hoped that these events will encourage journalists and programme makers to talk about how mental health is covered - and give them the chance to hear from some top names in their industry
- we think the best way for people to find out more about what it is like to live with a mental health problem is to meet those of us who have direct experience of mental health problems
- the next event is aimed at youth media (date and details to be announced)
In the meantime why not watch this clip from EastEnder's team talking about how best to write and direct a storyline involving a character with mental health problems.