Stacey's bi-polar storyline wins Mental Health Media Award

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The storyline surrounding Stacey Branning's continuing battle with bipolar disorder has earned EastEnders top prize in the Soap category at this year's Mental Health Media Awards.

"I am thrilled that EastEnders has won this award," Lacey Turner told us. "Playing the bi-polar storyline was one of the biggest achievements that I have had at EastEnders and I was honoured that I was entrusted with the task of portraying an issue that so many people are affected by. "

In a memorable episode late last year, Stacey was sectioned after her increasingly erratic behaviour.

"From the letters and feedback I have received, I am glad that EastEnders was brave enough to raise awareness of such a sensitive issue," Lacey added.

The Mental Health Media Awards celebrate the best portrayal of mental distress and reporting of mental health in broadcast media.

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  • Comment number 12. Posted by Willowglitzer

    on 3 Jul 2011 06:53

    lacey turner you rock you have made ee rule.

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  • Comment number 11. Posted by eastenders_love_1

    on 6 Jan 2011 17:26

    lacey turner is such an amazing actress!

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  • Comment number 10. Posted by Tel

    on 6 Jan 2011 12:53

    I am pleased that mental health was a story line, but it was very short lived and BP can last a lifetime, you did make it look as if it is somthing that you recover from in just a few weeks. I should know as I have a form of BP which in some countrys is called BP2 also mine can be fast cycling. There was no mention of the stigma attached to mental health which is terrible, like it is unlikely you will get a job, people avoid you, and get called derogortary names. You could have helped more in this by showing that it is an illness you cannot see, cannot catch from someone else and that we are not dangerous to society. 0.1% of people with these issues (Thats all types of issues are a danger) and that 1 in 4 people in the UK will have an isue with mental health. You are in more danger outside a club or bar than from us. Do more research to get the full story. Most of us are more danger to ourselves than others, there are varuous training courses available to give guidance to the general public about recognising and helping those at risk, again I have done all of them.

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  • Comment number 9. Posted by Jessica

    on 5 Dec 2010 23:28

    she really deserves these awards as she pursues the roles really well :) so well done x

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  • Comment number 8. Posted by FL0W3RP0W3R

    on 1 Dec 2010 19:25

    Well done.

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  • Comment number 7. Posted by Heather Deans

    on 1 Dec 2010 13:02

    I watched that episode and I thought it was such a shame! Lucky that Lily wasn't born then! Lol! There was a lot of blood in that part, I can't think how!

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  • Comment number 6. Posted by rose castillo

    on 30 Nov 2010 13:24

    Although I hate to see Lacey Turner (Stacey) leave the show, I wish her the best of luck. She is one of the best actress in the show. Any possibilities of having her come back to the show as others do?

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  • Comment number 5. Posted by Laura

    on 30 Nov 2010 13:16

    Congrats to Lacey, Gillian and everyone involved in the storyline, a very very well deserved win! The episode where Stacey was sectioned was stunning to watch!
    Also want to say congrats to Johnny Partridge for winning Entertainer of the Year at the recent gay equality Stonewall awards too - another very well deserved win!

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  • Comment number 4. Posted by zogg

    on 28 Nov 2010 15:55

    lacey is fab i wish she was staying!!!!!

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  • Comment number 3. Posted by IainKombeh

    on 26 Nov 2010 15:36

    Shame Lacey Turner is leaving the show as she is an excellent actress.

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