Tameside Radio helps to make broadcasting history
Tameside Radio will be joining radio history today, broadcasting a one minute message on the stigma of mental health along with more than 300 other radio stations across the UK.
The message will feature some of the world’s most recognisable voices including Their Royal Highnesses The Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry along with stars from music, sport, stage and screen.
The message recognises Mental Health Awareness Week and Radio Audio Week, both taking place between May14-19th, and will reach millions of listeners.
The minute is being supported by the Royal Foundation’s Heads Together campaign, after their launch in 2016, whose aim is to change the national conversation on mental health and tackle the stigma that prevents  people from getting the help they need.
Lorraine Heggessey, Chief Executive of The Royal Foundation said: “At its heart, Heads Together is about bringing people together to change the conversation on mental health. Nothing exemplifies this more than radio stations from all networks focussing their airtime on such an important topic, and talking directly with their listeners.”
 
The Mental Health Minute has been led by industry body Radiocentre and charity The Radio Academy. Siobhan Kenny, Chief Executive at Radiocentre, added: “Radio is coming together in a UK first today to shine a light on the important issue of mental health.
“Radio is unique in being both fantastically intimate and yet part of a shared experience. As well as providing company and fun, radio can be an important lifeline for listeners. It is therefore an obvious choice for us all to come together to talk about the things that matter most in our lives.”
 
Tameside Radio’s Executive Manager, James Dean, concluded: “Mental health is an issue that affects everyone in some way and when the opportunity came to join in with the campaign, there was no question that we would take part. There is still a stigma around talking about mental health and anything that helps people understand and talk about the issue is important for Tameside.”
 
The historical broadcast will go out on air today around the UK at 10.59am, you can hear it locally online at tamesideradio.com or on 103.6fm