She said: “For survivors of such trauma, therapy’s great. And you can get it for free. There are many specialist centres, like the Havens in London, and Survivors Trust UK, an inclusive service for sexual assault survivors who welcome those who identify as male, trans, nonbinary. Anyone who feels like they’re struggling can get free therapy on the NHS. My mum has been a mental health specialist there for a decade; that’s why I know. It’s good to talk, and engage with someone else, transparently.
“I believe in treating our minds like we treat cars for MOTs — it’s probably fine, but check in, just in case.”
She also explained why she decided to speak out: “Why are we platforming misfits, heralding them as newly rich successes whilst they balance on creaking ladders with little chance of social mobility? I can’t help usher them into this house if there’s doors within it they can’t open; it feels complicit. What I can do is be transparent about my experiences, because transparency helps.”
In a statement provided to BuzzFeed News, Channel 4’s director of programmes Ian Katz said: “Michaela’s MacTaggart is a powerful and important wake-up call. She has raised vital questions about opportunity, support, transparency and inclusion that as an industry we must all address with urgency. The experiences she has described in her lecture are not what we would want for anyone working with Channel 4 or any part of our industry.
“She has opened an honest debate about how we ensure that writers and performers, whatever their backgrounds, feel respected and heard. We want an industry that truly celebrates difference and is accessible to all, so broadcasters and producers now need to work in partnership to act on the issues she has raised.”