Ms Davidson – who is expected to stand down as an MSP at the next Holyrood election – has taken up the unpaid role designed to protect the mental wellbeing of participants and audiences on ITV and STV shows. A former BBC journalist, Ms Davidson said she was excited to chair the mental health group. It will advise about the production of shows and “have a huge role” in shaping mental health strategy at the broadcaster. Ms Davidson said: “Television can have a huge impact on people’s lives and on the life of the nation.
“Creating a culture which supports the mental health of one another is so important, and ITV and STV’s position means they can make a real difference in working towards this goal.
“I’m excited to be involved in ITV and STV’s efforts to bring mental wellbeing to the centre of our national conversation. It is so important to talk.
“The advisory group will have a huge role in setting the broadcasters’ overall mental health strategy and I look forward to working with ITV and STV to make a genuine difference to people’s lives.
“For far too long, Scotland has failed to talk enough about the importance of mental health. Putting it at the top of the national agenda is something we can all get behind, no matter our political allegiance.
“It is a subject with a particular personal resonance