Media Awards: Mind Media Awards 2016

THE BBC Scotland soap, River City, has been named a winner at an awards ceremony recognising the best portrayals of mental health in the media.

The Glasgow-based soap beat off stiff competition from fellow BBC shows, EastEnders and Pobol y Cwm, to take the ‘soaps and continual series’ category in the Mind Media Awards 2016 – run by the mental health charity, Mind.

Says a media release, announcing the awards: “The show was praised for its portrayal of teenager Drew McLean’s struggles with his mental health, particularly its sensitive handling of his self-harming.”

The full winners’ list reads, as follows:


My Baby, Psychosis and Me, BBC One (Matchlight and Sprout)


My Mad Fat diary, E4 (Tiger Aspect)


Loose Women, ITV

Soaps and continual series

River City, BBC One Scotland




Bigorexia: Addicted to Muscle, BBC Asian Network

News and current affairs

ITV Central (ITV)


Rosey Adams PND & me


Michael Buchanan, BBC News

Student journalist

Exeposé Newspaper (Exeter University)


Inside Out (Disney Pixar)

Making a difference

Professor Green

Speaking out

Eve Canavan and Kathryn Grant (for advising on the EastEnders Stacey Fowler storyline about postpartum psychosis)