Our latest event looked at what happens when mental health meets Black and Minority Ethnic issues in the media.
The event looked at how news reports featuring people with this combination of background and experience can often be quite negative. Why is this? Does it increase the stigma?
It aimed to address issues such as whether features on mental health include a diverse enough range of voices as well as examining how newspaper stories, documentaries and TV news features on mental health affect different communities.
This event was for print and broadcast journalists as well as factual TV/radio producers, and took place on Tuesday 14th October.
The panel included:
Nina Hossain: ITV News journalist and newscaster, who has spent the last decade presenting news bulletins including the News at Ten and ITV News London, as well as the ITV current affairs programme Exposure. Nina’s interest in mental health issues was sparked by her father, a psychiatrist, who set up the charity Concern for Mental Health when she was a child.
Kunal Dutta: News writer and editor, who contributes regularly to titles including The Independent, The Economist, i Newspaper and Channel 4 News. At The Independent, Kunal covers home affairs, and has written extensively on health and social issues facing immigrant communities in Britain.
Eddie Nestor: Presenter of the drivetime show on BBC London 94.9. Eddie has spoken out about his experience of depression, and the different stigmas he has faced, most recently in an interview with Radio Wanno, which has been shortlisted for a 2014 Mind Media Award.
George Ruddock: Editor of The Voice, the only national weekly newspaper aimed at the African and Caribbean community in Britain. Each month, The Voice publishes a pull-out section entitled Health Matters, which focuses on an issue around mental or physical wellbeing.
Steve Gilbert: Time to Change media volunteer with lived experience of a mental health problem. He was able to share his views on how the media covers these issues and what it is like to share your personal story in the press. You can read Steve's views on the event here.
Included in the debate were examples of good and bad practice, discussion on issues around diversity in newsrooms and the impact of celebrities disclosing mental health problems in the media.
Why not watch the 3-minute film below to give you a flavour of the event, or watch a 45-min film of highlights here