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The Sun is praised by the Health Secretary for mental health coverage

Matt Hancock said that The Sun has “helped to lead the national debate” on the topic.

The Sun’s Who Cares Wins awards attended by Health Secretary Matt Hancock and Prime Minister Boris Johnson last week, recognises outstanding individuals from the health and charity sectors. 

Presenting the Mental Health Hero award, Hancock said: “The Sun has helped to lead the national debate to put mental health up there with our physical health.

“I pay tribute to everyone at The Sun who has played their part in making that happen. This week is mental health awareness week and this recognises and allows people to talk about it.”

This was later echoed by the Duchess of York who added: “I think really the NHS, The Sun, and all of you – this is what makes Britain so great.”

The Sun has embarked on numerous campaigns in support of mental health, such as:

  • You’re Not Alone campaign encouraging people to open up and turn to close relations and friends to talk through their mental health problems
  • Let’s Talk campaign targeted at younger readers, promoting the need to open up following the death of former Love Island contestant Mike Thalassitis.

The awards are in their third year, starte by former health features editor at The Sun, Christina Newbury who died at the end of last year. An award has been named in her honour.

The 2019 awards was also attended by radio host Chris Evans, BBC newsreader Kate Silverton and TV presenter Lorraine Kelly.

Source: Press Gazette

by Hannah Ohm Thomas 15/10/19

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