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BBC/ OU documentary wins Mind Media Award

Actor, David Harewood has won a Mind Media Award for his work in David Harewood: Psychosis and Me, a co-produced documentary by the BBC and The Open University’s Broadcast and Partnerships team.

The documentary, which aired in May, followed Harewood as he talked about the psychotic breakdown he had at 23 years-old. Piecing back together what happened to him, the one-off programme retold Harewood’s story, helping others better understand what it’s like to experience psychosis.

Harewood was a winner in the ‘Speaking Out‘ category, which is awarded to people who have made an impact by sharing their experiences of mental health problems. Psychosis and Me was also shortlisted in the ‘Documentary‘ category, which recognises documentaries that observe and report on real life stories and situations.

The annual Mind Media Awards, celebrates the best possible representations of mental health across TV, radio, print and online.

OU Academic Consultant, Dr Sarah Vicary, Associate Head of School for Wellbeing, Education & Language Studies was involved in advising and shaping production, as well as helping to curate free resources on the programme for OpenLearn, including an interactive quiz to test your knowledge about the facts and misconceptions of psychosis – these are still available, so why not give them a go.

Find out more

To hear more from Dr Sarah Vicary on her role at the OU and how she hopes the documentary will inspire learning about mental health, view more from her interview here.

For free learning resources visit the David Harewood: Psychosis and Me OpenLearn site

About studying Mental Health Nursing at The Open University

  • Commissioned for The Open University by Dr Caroline Ogilvie, Head of Broadcast and Partnerships
  • OU Academic Consultant: Dr Sarah Vicary (WELS)
  • OU Media Fellow: Dr Mathijs Lucassen (WELS)
  • OU Broadcast Project Manager: Amie Nimmo
  • OU Digital Content Producer: Daniel Browne
  • BBC Commissioning Editor: Fozia Khan
  • Films for Record Executive Producer: Emma Hindley
  • Films for Record Producers and Directors: Wendie Ottewill and Olivia Isaacs

About Author

Hannah is part of the Media Relations Team at The Open University, working with the Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies. With experience both agency and in-house, Hannah has worked on campaigns for a number of large corporate companies and brands, including RBS, NatWest, Travelodge, Audible, AA and the Royal Academy of Dance. She has completed a Masters in Publishing Studies from Oxford Brookes and is currently studying towards a DipHE in Computer, IT and Design. In her free time she enjoys photography, reading and going to the theatre.

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