For nearly ten years, we have been working closely with Mind, the mental health charity. Mental health and wellbeing is a subject close to our hearts here at Carbon and it has been a great privilege, enriching and enlightening, to assist them on some of their amazing initiatives over that time.

The Mind Media Awards recognise and celebrate the best representations of mental health across TV, radio, print and online. It has been running for over 20 years and growing in profile year on year. Since our partnership began, we have worked with the communications team at Mind to design and develop a suite of materials to promote the event to potential sponsors and attendees each year. These materials range from the event programme, winners certificates and social media posts to design assets for the stage and set design.

The team at Mind know that the media can have a huge influence on the public’s perception and the way mental health and general wellbeing is illustrated is so important, because it has to reflect what people are going through in everyday life. The media can be a tool for change and it can raise awareness, pushing mental health to the top of the agenda like never before.

On Wednesday 13th of November, we were very proud to attend the The 2019 Bupa Mind Media Awards at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London. The star-studded event featured many familiar faces, including Mind Ambassadors Fearne Cotton and Frankie Bridge and respected MP and mental health activist Sir Norman Lamb. The event was hosted by Radio DJ, TV presenter and author, Greg James.

The full list of categories on the night were: Documentary, Entertainment, News and Current Affairs, Drama, Soaps or Continual Series, Radio, Publication, Podcast, Digital Champion, Journalist, Student Journalist.

We were also honoured to sponsor an award. Kate Hadfield, our esteemed Studio Director and co-owner of Carbon Creative, stepped up to present a category award to acclaimed director Shane Meadows and his team for drama, The Virtues. Shane was very eloquent on the subject of mental health, drawing on his own personal experience for inspiration, as he came to realise what had been at the root of his own mental health issues.

The evening was both emotional and affirming, there was laughter and tears in abundance and no shortage of support for those who had powerful and personal stories of their fight with the monsters in their head. It was amazing to see the real impact Mind has on so many peoples’ lives and how it is gaining the support of the media to drive the mental health agenda, and I felt very proud that Carbon Creative is a part of that work too.

The full list of 2019 Winners:

  • Digital Champion: Rosie Cappucino, Talking about BPD
  • Documentary: Iraq: A State of Mind BBC Arabic Documentaries
  • Drama: The Virtues, Warp Films for Channel 4
  • Entertainment: ITV Lorraine’s Shine a Light campaign
  • Journalist shortlist: Marverine Cole, Black Girls Don’t Cry
  • Podcast: MQ Open Mind: How can we work together to prevent suicide?
  • Publication: Veterans in Crisis, JPI Media Investigations
  • Radio: Mental Health Monday: Lost Childhood Radio City Talk: Liverpool
  • Student Journalist: Rosie Dowsing Fathers on the Edge: Are new dads being failed?
  • News and Current Affairs: Channel 4 News
  • Soaps or Continual Series: The Archers, BBC Radio 4
  • Lighten the Load Hero: Peter Martin
  • Speaking Out: David Harewood
  • Making a Difference: Sir Norman Lamb