Briggs praises BBC's mental health season.
Miles Briggs, Lothian Tory MSP, has praised the BBC for its 'Minds Matter' season on mental health which launched last week. Miles has tabled a Parliamentary motion welcoming the series of programmes across the BBC which aims to encourage more discussion about mental health.
Speaking today Miles, who is the Scottish Conservative Spokesman on Mental Health and published a policy paper on mental health ahead of the publication of the Scottish Government's new Mental Health Strategy, said:
" I congratulate the BBC on their Minds Matter season and the interesting and thought-provoking programmes it has produced which I hope many constituents will be able to watch or listen to on TV, radio or online on iplayer.
" The season has already attracted significant and positive wider media interest due to the support of celebrities and other high-profile figures like HRH Prince William who talked openly about the death of his mother.
" Much progress has been made in recent years in reducing the stigma around mental ill health but there is still much more to do be done. TV channels like the BBC have an important role to play in tackling stigma which is so vital as this stigma can prevent people seeking help and support for mental ill health."
* Please see below a copy of Miles' motion as tabled in Parliament on 21st April. The motion has already attracted broad cross party support.
* Full details of the Minds Matter season can be found here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p04t6bc1
Motion Number: S5M-05278
Lodged By: Miles Briggs
Date Lodged: 21/04/2017
Title: BBC’s Minds Matter Season
That the Parliament welcomes the BBC’s Minds Matter, which is a season of films and programmes on mental health on TV, radio and online; is aware that the series of thought provoking programmes aims to bring about conversations on mental health; is further aware that the season began with the first episode of the two-part documentary,Mind Over Marathon, which aired on BBC One, about a group of runners living with, or affected by, mental health conditions as they train for the London Marathon, and which includes a candid interview with HRH Prince William, who talks openly about how his mother’s death has affected him; hopes that the season, which it considers is important and informative, will encourage more people of all ages to talk about mental health, and considers that the media has an important role to play in raising awareness of mental health issues, reducing stigma and highlighting the services and support available for people suffering from mental ill health.