If you’ve watched the latest (and, in my opinion, incredible) BBC programmes such as the Bodyguard, Killing Eve, or the eleventh Dr Who, you’ll have noticed a shift in the number of women stepping in to the spotlight roles. Instead of being love interests, shooting targets, secretaries or damsels in distress, these programmes, and many others, have placed women in to the leading roles. But criticism for the programmes ‘airbrushing reality’ from writer Daisy Goodwin has both angered and challenged me to reflect on whether there is a ‘right way’ to tackle representation.
Try to be a rainbow in someone's cloud.
I religiously mark 8 to 9pm every Wednesday in my calendar to join in the weekly Twitter #powerandinfluence discussion; the brainchild of PR pro Ella Minty. Recently, the discussion focused on the impact of social media on our mental health and, in light of World Mental Health Day, today’s blog aims to address that social media has its strengths, but it also has a clear, negative impact on our mental health and we need to care about it!
Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not.