Evan Davis: “Coming Out And Mental Health Inextricably Linked”

Coming out has long been synonymous with being gay, but as Evan Davis says in this candid video – that’s no longer the case, with ‘coming out’ now being part of a wider narrative.

In the video, Evan talks about his “long and tortuous” process of coming out to his parents, who he told he was gay for the first time – on Christmas day. For the first time he speaks about the close links between mental health and coming out – adding how terrified he is every night he goes on TV.

Evan spoke ahead of the National Student Pride event [Feb 6th 2016], giving advice on coming out and dealing with mental health. These are the two key focuses of Student Pride, which unlike other pride events, is focused on a daytime event with panels and discussions – not a parade.

Ahead of National Student Pride I worked with Ross Baker (sound) and Cathy Williams (producer) to interview and direct this video as promotion for National Student Pride. The interview, which was widely picked up by the press, was also the lead ‘splash’ story on the Huffington Post on the day of its release:

In the twenty-minute interview that with Cathy we cut down to just over four we discussed coming out, working at the BBC whilst being open about sexuality and mental health.

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