TVO's The Agenda with Steve Paikin honoured by the Ontario Psychological Association for excellence in mental health reporting

TORONTO, Feb. 9, 2013 /CNW/ - TVO's flagship current affairs program, The Agenda with Steve Paikin, was honoured by the Ontario Psychological Association (OPA) for excellence in reporting on psychology, mental health and addiction issues during TVO's 2012 Mental Health Matters campaign.

Presented at the Awards Luncheon of the OPA Annual Convention today, the association's media award recognized The Agenda's coverage of mental health issues leading up to and during TVO's 2012 Mental Health Matters week. The reporting by The Agenda was credited for being informative, accurate and important to the broader societal conversation.

"The Agenda with Steve Paikin has focused on mental health in a way that helps to reduce stigma and discrimination, and to further tolerance and understanding," says Dr. Connie Kushnir, President of the Ontario Psychological Association. "This is vital considering mental well-being and mental illness touches us all, either directly or through our family and friends."

The Agenda anchored TVO's 2012 Mental Health Matters week with five nights of programs welcoming some of the brightest minds in the international mental health community to discuss and debate mental health issues. The Agenda also ran a series of programs on mental health in the months leading up to Mental Health Matters week. TVO's Mental Health Matters was a multiplatform campaign which also featured lectures, documentaries and dramas, as well as extensive online resources and special in-the-community broadcast events to inform and engage Ontarians on issues of mental health and addiction.

"Everyone at TVO is delighted to congratulate The Agenda team on receiving the Ontario Psychological Association's media award," says Lisa de Wilde, TVO's Chief Executive Officer. "The Agenda's analysis of mental health and addiction issues demonstrates the innovative approach, unparalleled depth, and commitment to citizen engagement TVO brings to important matters affecting Ontarians."

TVO and The Agenda will offer the same depth of analysis, breadth of perspective and opportunities for citizen engagement and informed discourse with TVO's 2013 Mental Health Matters week, May 6-12.

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