ITN Productions Industry News announce new programme ‘Forward Together for Mental Health’

Mental Health UK will be partnering with ITN Productions Industry News around the production of a news-style programme raising the profile of mental health in the UK, from those severely affected by mental illness, to people whose mental health has worsened during the current coronavirus crisis.

 

One in four of us in the UK has experienced a mental health problem and there are many different aspects of a person’s life that can affect their mental wellbeing.

The coronavirus pandemic has had such a significant impact on our daily lives and has elevated existing concerns for many, bringing mental health to the forefront of people’s minds.

In collaboration with ITN Productions Industry News, ‘Forward Together for Mental Health’ will aim to challenge perceptions and dispel myths around mental health issues and feature powerful human-interest stories, key industry interviews and learnings, news-style reports and sponsored editorial profiles from leading organisations and industry leaders.

The bespoke programme will be anchored by an ITN Productions Industry News presenter and will cover integral themes including clinical care, social connectedness, physical health, housing, financial uncertainty, employment and volunteering – highlighting how we can move forward together for mental health. The programme will launch during Mental Health Week in May 2021.

We’re delighted to be producing a programme that raises a broader public understanding of the variety of mental health issues faced today, to share knowledge and learnings, challenge perceptions and showcase uplifting news stories around ways Mental Health UK and supporting charities are helping individuals and their families.

– Elizabeth Fisher-Robins, Head of ITN Productions Industry News

Mental health is a vital national issue at the best of times, but it has become even more relevant as we’ve navigated the challenges of recent months. This is an important and timely opportunity to highlight what it means to live with a mental health problem, and it will present the case for support needed across the many aspects of our lives which influence our mental health, such as our relationships, our home, our employment and our finances. Through this programme, we hope to show that when this support is available in the community it can do a huge amount to support people affected by mental illness to have a better quality of life.

– Brian Dow, Chief Executive, Mental Health UK

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