Mind Media Awards 2018 shortlist released


The shortlist for this year’s prestigious Mind Media Awards is revealed today (Tuesday 2nd October) after a record-breaking year for entries. The ceremony will be held at the Queen Elizabeth Hall at the Southbank on Thursday 29 November.

Hannah Jane Parkinson, The Mental Health Marathon from Radio City Talk, Zoe Ball and Boy with Top Knot, based on the real life story from journalist Sathnam Sanghera, have all earned nominations on this year’s diverse shortlist. The annual award ceremony celebrates the very best portrayals and reporting of mental health problems across broadcast, print and digital media. For the first year the shortlist includes an entry that was broadcast on Netflix, rather than terrestrial television, reflecting the changes in how media is consumed.

Stories from those with personal experience of mental health problems have a strong presence again this year, with those up for nomination including #Mumtakeover, BBC Radio 5 live and BBC News, My Mind and Me, BBC Newsbeat, Radio 1 and 1Xtra and documentary Girls on the Edge.

This year also saw the launch of a new category, Podcast of the Year. Shortlisted entries include Mentally Yours from Metro.co.uk, as well as the 2017 ‘Making a Difference’ winner Bryony Gordon, whose Mad World podcast covers a variety of interesting topics normalising mental health and challenging perceptions.

Full Shortlist


Journalist of the Year

  • India Rakusen, BBC Like Minds
  • Catherine Jones, 5 News
  • Tamsyn Kent, BBC Newsbeat
  • Hannah Jane Parkinson, The Guardian
  • Frances Ryan, The Guardian

News & Current Affairs

  • BBC News at Ten, BBC
  • BBC Radio 5 Live’s State of Mind season, BBC
  • 5 News, Channel 5
  • Victoria Derbyshire, BBC
  • On Your Mind series, Channel 4

Digital Champion

  • Wot I Learnt, Kate Baguley
  • Chuck Draws Thing, Charlotte Mullin
  • Stumbling Mind, Katie Conibear
  • Pigletish, Anneli Roberts
  • We’re All Mad Here, Claire Eastham


  • Mentally Yours, Metro.co.uk
  • Behind bars with a mental illness, BBC
  • I Hear Voices, BBC Newsbeat
  • Healthy For Men Podumentary Series, River Group
  • Bryony Gordon’s Mad World, Telegraph Media 


  • My Mind and Me, BBC Newsbeat, Radio 1 and 1Xtra
  • Trust me, I’m your Barber, Think Orchard, BBC Radio Wales
  • The Mental Health Marathon, Radio City Talk
  • Mental Health Matters, LBC Global Radio
  • Adrian Chiles Interview, BBC Radio 5 Live


  • Killed by My Debt, BBC
  • Overshadowed, Rollem Productions, BBC 3
  • Boy with Top Knot, Kudos, BBC
  • The Effect, BBC Radio
  • Flowers, Sister Pictures, Channel 4


  • #Mumtakeover, BBC Radio 5 live and BBC News
  • Davina, Twenty Twenty, W
  • The One Show, BBC
  • Sunday Morning Live, BBC


  • Kingdom of Us, Pulse Films, Netflix
  • Charlotte Church: Inside My Brain, Boom Cymru, BBC Wales
  • Girls on the Edge, Dragonfly Film and Television, BBC 2
  • Zoe Ball’s Hardest Road Home, BBC
  • Panorama: Men, Boys and Eating Disorders, BBC


  • James Heale, The Tab Bristol
  • Fred Fyles, Under Pressure: student counselling, Felix
  • Laura Woodroffe, Under Siege, University of Goldsmiths
  • Hannah Currie, We Are All Here, The Forest of Black
  • Jen Thomas, When the Music Stops


  • Huffington Post
  • Happiful
  • The Guardian
  • BMA News
  • Refinery29 UK


  • Hollyoaks, Lime Pictures, Channel 4
  • Coronation Street, ITV Studios
  • Pobol y Cwm, BBC Wales
  • Doctors, BBC Studios