Loose Women and the mental health charity Mind have come together once again to present a special award which recognises everyday heroes who support those of us living with mental health problems.
The Loose Women Lighten The Load Hero award honours someone who has gone to extraordinary lengths to be there for a loved one, friend or colleague living a with a mental health problem.
It might be in recognition of a moment of inspirational kindness, starting the conversation which motivated someone to seek professional help or it could reward all the small things that they do to support a Loose Women viewer through their mental health problems.
So if YOU have experienced mental health issues and been helped and supported by someone you'd like to say a huge THANK YOU to this is your chance!
The award was inspired by Loose Women’s Lighten The Load campaign which encourages viewers to talk and listen when experiencing mental health issues. Talking if you’ve been affected, or being there to listen to someone who is going through a period of stress.
The campaign was launched in 2016 and was instrumental in Loose Women winning a Mind Media Award. In 2017 we decided to shine a spotlight on the people who are putting the principles of Loose Women’s Lighten The Load campaign into action every day and launched the hero award.
The Loose Women Lighten The Load Hero award will be presented at this year’s Mind Media Awards on Wednesday 13th November 2019. The awards celebrate the best reporting and portrayals of mental health in print, broadcast, film and digital media as well as honouring people that are making a difference by speaking out about their mental health experiences.
The winner will also receive £500 and enjoy an overnight stay in London with the person who nominated them - with a guest each - to attend the awards. You MUST be available to attend the Mind Media Awards on Wednesday 13th November 2019 and Loose Women at ITV on Thursday 14th November 2019.
Make a nomination
Nominations close Friday 11th October at 10.30am. Before submitting a nomination:
Please ensure you have permission from the person you are nominating (you nominee), and any other person mentioned in your nomination.
Both of you and your nominee have to be aged 18 or over.
Submit a photo of the Nominee that you have taken, or have permission to use, and ensure you have consent from anyone else in the photo to share it with us.
Send an email to Loose.Women@itv.com with 'Mind Lighten The Load Hero' clearly stated in the subject line and the following information in the body of the email:
Your name and the name of your nominee.
Your telephone number.
A headshot photo of the nominee in colour and in JPEG format up to 10MB in size.
A description, no longer than 300 words, describing how your nominee went above and beyond with the little things in life that made things easier for you, how they continued to support your recovery from your mental health issues, and who you think deserves to recognised as the Lighten the Load Hero.
Please note that any entries that are over 300 words may not be considered or only the first 300 words may be considered.
By submitting this nomination, you agree to the following:
Both you and the Nominee live in the UK, Channel Islands or the Isle of Man.