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A Personal Experience

Trisha Goddard, Broadcaster and Patron of Norwich and Norfolk Mind

TRISHA GODDARD is best known to many as host of daytime television chat shows ITV’s Trisha and, from 2005, Five’s Trisha Goddard; but to others she is also well known as a mental health adviser and activist.

Trisha has personal experience of mental distress and has spent time as an in-patient in a psychiatric hospital. Three months after the birth of her youngest daughter and following the collapse of her second marriage, Trisha had a nervous breakdown and spent five weeks under psychiatric care. She has described this as her “lowest period”.

Her passion for campaigning for better mental health services stemmed from her sister, Linda, having killed herself, partly as a result of schizophrenia in 1988. Says Trisha, “I started doing stories on mental health, and I became a bit of a thorn in the side of governments.” As a result, Trisha spent 10 years as an Australian Government National Mental Health Advisor, and a key player in developing Australia's National Mental Health Strategy as well as many other initiatives. This also informed her television work and as a programme maker, she has ensured the on-going involvement of mental health counsellors not only with programme guests, but her staff as well.

In 2007, Trisha hosted the Mental Health Media Awards where she called on media organisations to do more to ensure the “real story” of mental distress gets told in newspapers, on television and radio. The Trisha Goddard Show was short-listed in 2008 for ‘Raising Public Awareness’.

In 2003, Trisha became patron of mental health charity MIND Norwich in recognition of her work, a position she still holds. Trisha has also been actively involved in family support charity Home-Start Norwich since its inception in 1999 and is the organisation’s local patron. Read more here.

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