Apr 2020 RadioWorks Blog
Katie Piper and Professor Green have signed up to lead a nationwide radio series in support of mental health during the coronavirus crisis. The 60 Second Support series is a partnership between Radiocentre and The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s Heads Together.
The series will take over the airwaves from today (Monday 27 April), reaching millions of listeners across the UK; covering topics including isolation, bereavement, dealing with conflict at home and the benefits of exercise.
A new episode in the series will be given to UK radio stations each day. Episodes feature a variety of medical professionals, as well as renowned authors and mental health advocates. The first segment to air later today will feature TV presenter and philanthropist Katie Piper on the importance of reaching out and starting conversations about mental health, even when we can’t be with our loved ones in person.
Katie Piper said: “I am delighted to be contributing to 60 Second Support. This is a difficult time for many, and it means a lot to me personally to help in even just a small way.”
Professor Green said: “I am so happy to be a part of 60 Second Support. As a patron of CALM, I’m really proud that mental health charities can offer advice to radio audiences across the UK in these challenging times. It’s a great initiative and I can’t wait for you all to hear it on the radio.”
Siobhan Kenny, Radiocentre CEO, said: “Whether they’re listening to hear the latest news, or be reassured by the familiar voices of their favourite presenters, we wanted to offer our listeners another way to help during these strange times. We hope they find 60 Second Support a useful source of self-care and comfort over the next few months.”
Jason Knauf, Chief Executive of The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, said: “The COVID-19 pandemic has led to fundamental and rapid changes to our daily lives, many of which will have both short and long-term implications on the nation’s mental health. Thousands of families are also coping with grief and trauma in incredibly difficult circumstances. The Royal Foundation is working to encourage all of us to speak about our mental health and to promote the importance of keeping mentally fit. That is why we are delighted to be working with Radiocentre on the 60 Second Support series, bringing these supportive moments to the airwaves and offering expert advice and ideas to anyone who may need them.”
John Whittingdale, Minister for Media and Data, said: “Radio is at the heart of our rich media landscape and can play a vital role in sharing tips to help people improve their physical and mental wellbeing during the lockdown. Through its Audio Content Fund, the Government is backing 60 Second Support which is a fantastic contribution by the radio industry and charities as part of the national effort to help people through this crisis.”
The 60 Second Support series is in addition to the radio industry’s annual Mental Health Minute, which will be returning in May.
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