Wednesday 29 Oct 2014
BBC World Service's global mental health series, Mental Health: A Global Challenge, scooped an award in the current affairs category at the charity Mind's Mental Health Media Awards in London on 22 November.
First broadcast in September 2009, Mental Health: A Global Challenge explored the impact, extent and outlook for mental health problems across the globe, direct from the first ever Global Mental Health Summit in Athens.
The Mind Mental Health Media Awards, now in its seventeenth year, were established to celebrate the best portrayal of mental distress and reporting of mental health in the broadcast media.
Thomas Dahlhaus, editor for World Today, said: "We are delighted to have received this award, recognising our reporting on mental health issues from around the world.
"Mental health continues to be a subject surrounded by stigmas and taboos and our coverage from the world's first international health summit gave unusual prominence in the news to disorders which affect literally millions around the world. To go by the reactions we received from our audiences, this was hugely appreciated."
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