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Sunday Post writer’s mental health investigation wins award

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A powerful Sunday Post investigation into how Scotland’s young people have been failed by the mental health care system has been recognised by judges at the Scottish Press Awards.

Senior writer Laura Smith won the Nicola Barry Award, named after the respected journalist and hailing the best work by women, at the awards last week for the investigation and other reports.

Our Hear Our Voice campaign, led by chief reporter Marion Scott, which successfully fought for the appointment of a Scottish patients’ commissioner was runner-up for Campaign of the Year.

The Post was shortlisted in seven categories at the awards.

Reporter Peter Swindon was nominated in two: Scoop of the Year for his story revealing how NHS patients were sent into care homes despite testing positive for Covid-19; and Reporter of the Year.

Both the campaign and our mental health investigation were also shortlisted at the prestigious UK National Press Awards.

INVESTIGATION: Mental health care for young Scots in crisis say families and leading experts

Our DC Thomson sister titles also won a number of awards at the ceremony in Glasgow on Wednesday.

Hosted by former BBC Scotland newsreader Jackie Bird, the awards celebrated the best of national, regional and digital journalism in the country.