Limerick Post editor nominated for national award

Limerick Post News Editor Adam Leahy with the Student Journalism Award in 2022.

ONE of the Limerick Post’s own was nominated in the Headline Mental Health Media Awards this week.

News editor Adam Leahy was nominated in the Mental Health Content, Digital category for his podcast, ‘The River Angels: Limerick’s suicide prevention river patrol groups’.

Adam’s documentary is a Limerick Post podcast, and was produced as part of his MA in Journalism at the University of Limerick.

In the podcast, Adam spends five nights on the streets with Limerick Suicide Watch and Limerick Treaty Suicide Prevention to help shine a light on the work they do 365 nights a year on the banks of the River Shannon in Limerick City.

The awards took place at the Gibson Hotel in Dublin yesterday (December 6).

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Adam is no stranger to the Headline Mental Health Awards, having won the Student Journalism Award in 2022.

According to Headline, the Mental Health Content, Digital category covers “websites, podcasts, interactive online features, apps, interactive documentaries, and other digital technologies that use creative and innovative techniques and content to expand knowledge and understanding of, and engagement with, mental ill health.”

Also nominated in the Mental Health Content, digital category are ‘When Horses Run, Virgin Media TV/Sharp Shorts, ‘I’d raze it to the ground and start again’ – mothers speak out on Camhs failures, Bernice Harrison for The Irish Times ‘In the News’ Podcast, Redacted Lives: Episode 1, The Journal, and In the Shadows, Dean Kavanagh.

The winner in the category on the day was Redacted Lives by The Journal.

Other winners on the day included the Unspoken Podcast in the Audience Choice category, Noel Baker of the Irish Examiner, Andrea Gilligan (Newstalk), RTÉ Investigations, and journalist Shane Phelan of the Irish Independent, who was presented with the Mental Health Champion award.

The Headline Mental Health Media Awards recognise excellence in media coverage of mental health issues. They reflect the challenges, lived experience and realities of people living with mental ill health.

The focus is on stories, topics, or issues in, about or related to mental ill health. Special categories have been added to recognise the decision makers behind the scenes who facilitate and encourage impactful, inclusive and informed stories.

Headline is Ireland’s national media programme for responsible reporting, and representation of mental ill health and suicide.