"Homeland," "My Mad Fat Teenage Diary" Nominated For Mind Media Awards For Representation Of Mental Health Issues
The Awards honor those media programs, which most accurately represent various disorders and mental health conditions.
The hugely successful Homeland has been nominated for yet another award, with a rather specific focus this time – the show is on the list of nominees for the 2013 Mind Media Awards. The awards, sponsored by Virgin Money Giving, focus on representations of mental disorders in media, with Homeland, which centers around a secret agent struggling with bipolar disorder, and the Channel 4 show My Mad Fat Teenage Diary both having been nominated in the drama category.
Danes' character in Homeland has attracted the attention of Mind.
Elsewhere, other Channel 4 productions have also snapped up nominations, including Ruby Wax’s Mad Confessions and Jon Richardson’s A Little Bit OCD in the Documentary category, as well as Channel 4’s Mental Health Series receiving a nod for The Ian Wilkinson News and Current Affairs Award.
Olivia Colman, who is endorsing the awards, commented on the importance of representation for mental health issues in media. The actress said, via Yahoo! News: "I believe authenticity is at the heart of any drama worth its salt - it's as true for costume design as a character's accent, but it's vital that programme makers understand there's no exception when it comes to the portrayal of mental health problems.
"The media industry has huge influence and with that comes a responsibility to contest the stigma that sadly still exists, through accurate representation.”
Winners will be announced at a ceremony at the BFI on Monday 18 November.
Olivia Colman noted the importance of media representation.