Media volunteering

Raise awareness of mental health issues by sharing your experiences.

Media volunteers are extremely important to Mind's work. Journalists from a huge variety of media contact the media team on a daily basis, and are frequently looking to interview people with particular experiences of mental health problems. Being able to include a 'human interest' element can make or break a story in the media. Often, real life examples are what bring an issue to life, and allow the audience to understand and empathise with issues around mental health.

What's involved?

Over the years our media volunteers have helped with a whole raft of media work, from appearing on Channel 4 News speaking anonymously about employment, to an interview feature with The Independent on Sunday Magazine about experiences of depression, or featuring in a glossy magazine talking about how exercise can boost mental wellbeing.

Mind media volunteers can be interviewed anonymously, and we take confidentiality very seriously - we never send someone's details to a journalist without permission. If a volunteer does agree to an interview, Mind supports them both before and after the event.

I did a short interview for a radio station last year... I felt really proud and glad that I had been able to contribute to this

Current media opportunities

Welfare

We’d like to speak to anyone who:

  • Has had a Work Capability Assessment (WCA) in the last 6 months.
  • Is currently in the Work-Related Activity Group of Employment and Support Allowance (ESA-WRAG) and would consider national TV/radio interviews.
  • Has been sanctioned - had their benefits cut - for example because of missing an appointment at the Jobcentre.

If your experiences match any of the above and you would be happy to talk to journalists about them, please email Claire at media@mind.org.uk with a short paragraph outlining your experiences and we will contact you shortly.

Wales

We’d like to speak to anyone who is living in Wales who:

  • Has spoken to their GP about their mental health problems
  • Has had difficulty accessing talking therapies, in English or Welsh
  • Has a diagnosis of borderline personality disorder, schizophrenia or anxiety
  • Lives in a rural area (in Wales) and has experience of accessing (or trying to access) mental health services
  • Is 50 or older and has experience of mental health problems

If your experiences match any of the above and you would be happy to talk to journalists about them, please email Luke at media@mind.org.uk with a short paragraph outlining your experiences and we will contact you shortly.

 

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