Troubled Minds, Mosaic Films successful series of short animated documentaries about young people and Mental Health, won the City of Basel Prize at the BaKaForum 2010, in Germany. The Basel-Karlsruhe TV and Media Forum is an annual meeting point and platform for exchange and cooperation for broadcasters, independent producers as well as cultural, educational and societal organizations interested in quality TV work, global and development education. The BaKaForum awards are generally regarded as the most prestigious awards for educational media in Europe and the City of Basel Prize is the special prize for schools programs.
Troubled Minds, Mosaic Films’ acclaimed series of short animated documentaries for Teachers TV and the Wellcome Trust, picked up another award at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts Children’s Awards. The series, which uses real testimony from young people who have experienced different forms of mental distress, won in the category for Secondary Learning. The winners were announced in a ceremony hosted by presenters Dick and Dom and held at the Park Lane Hilton in London. Picking up the award, the series director and producer Andy Glynne thanked BAFTA for recognising the importance of the issues tackled by the films. Speaking afterwards he said: “Mental health problems in young people often go unnoticed, and hopefully these films may contribute in engaging a younger audience, and informing them about these important issues.” Troubled Minds is a series of four short animated documentaries exploring issues which affect young people today, including anxiety disorders, self-harm and depression, eating disorders, and the social distress experienced by young people who have Asperger’s Syndrome. The films were produced for Teachers TV with the support of the Wellcome Trust, with the aim of facilitating greater understanding and discussion of conditions that can be debilitating and very isolating for the young people who experience them. The series has also won a Royal Television Society Award, and last week won the Mental Health Media Award for Young People’s Media.