Mental Health Foundation says that television programme makers have a duty of care towards guest participants and viewers

Television programme makers have a duty of care towards guests who participate in their shows and to ensure they are not shamed or humiliated.

Chief Executive of the Mental Health Foundation Mark Rowland said:

"This has become especially urgent following the recent deaths of people who have appeared on high profile programmes and evidence that participants can be emotionally vulnerable when placed in the public spotlight.   

“This week we are hosting Mental Health Awareness Week which has the clear goal of changing how we talk about and understand our mental health. We welcome the announcement of the parliamentary inquiry into reality television shows and would also recommend that it extends its remit to their impact on audiences who view them. It is important that we create an environment that is as safe as possible for both participants and viewers.

“We are keen to offer our assistance to the inquiry and provide our expertise”.