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Regional journalists’ mental health podcast makes national awards final

Gemma 1A regional publisher’s mental health podcast has been shortlisted for a national award.

Reach plc’s ‘No Really, I’m Fine’ is up in the podcast category at the Mind Media Awards, which celebrates the best of mental health reporting.

The podcast was launched in March and is presented by Cheshire Live live news reporter Gemma Sherlock, pictured, Liverpool Echo local democracy reporter Kate Lally and Reach new formats video and audio producer Michael Pearson.

Past guests have included author Matt Haig, who wrote the Sunday Times number one bestseller Reasons to Stay Alive.

The podcast faces competition for the award from productions run by Metro, the BBC and mental health research organisation MQ.

Its entry on the shortlist states: “No Really, I’m Fine aims to be a friendly, safe and calming tool to help listeners feel less alone in their struggles with their mental health.

“Hosts Gemma Sherlock, Michael Pearson and Kate Lally each have personal experience of mental health problems and are passionate in helping others.

“They invite guests to share their own mental health stories around body image, depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder.”

Winners will be announced on 13 November 2019.