Monday 16th April saw the first Time to Change Meet the Media event take place at the Hospital Club in Central London. The first in a series of planned events was aimed at journalists and editors from women's interest and lifestyle magazines. The aim of the event was to:
- encourage journalists to talk about how mental health is covered in magazines
- allow journalists to meet and hear the stories of women with direct experience of mental illness
- question our panel about various topics including celebrities, employment issues, and appearing as a case study
- showcase the work of time to change as well as media support offered by Mind and Rethink Mental Illness
The evening was hosted by author, former magazine editor and columnist Sally Brampton, who shared her own experiences of living with depression and gave her insider view of working in the magazine world.
Sally interviewed Jo Elvin whose magazine Glamour has just launched the 'Hey it's ok' campaign with Mind, fronted by The Saturday's singer Frankie Sandford, about young women and depression.
Media volunteers Nikki, Debbie and Abby were also interviewed on stage and shared their experiences of telling their stories in women's magazines.
The highlights of the evening were broadcast on twitter using #ttcmeetmedia
This is the start of a series of events aimed at different sectors of the media. To find out more about future events please email Jenni Regan.