Mind the Archers
A big shout out for our colleagues over at BBC Radio 4 (where they probably don't use phrases like "a big shout out", but never mind), where the long-running soap The Archers has won the Champion of the Year award for 2005, which is given by the mental health charity Mind for the person or group making the biggest contribution to challenging the stigma surrounding mental health problems. Storylines praised by the charity included Helen Archer's eating disorder and gamekeeper Greg Turner's depression.
It's not the first time that The Archers has won plaudits for its mental health portrayals, either. Last year, the Greg Turner storyline scooped the Soap and Drama Series category prize at the Mental Health Media Awards. Not being an Archers listener myself, I'd be interested to hear your thoughts on how the series tackles the subject.