#SpeakYourMind: Help YEP in awards race by voting for vital campaign

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When The Yorkshire Evening Post first started our #SpeakYourMind campaign, we wanted to make a difference.

And today, seven months after launching to combat mental health stigma, we can reveal our campaign has been shortlisted for a national award.


Organisers of Local Newspaper Week, which starts on Monday and highlights the industry’s strengths, have chosen #SpeakYourMind among 27 other campaigns nominated for the Making a Difference accolade.

Run by Local Media Works, the awards recognise strong examples of how local newspapers can benefit communities by championing a worthy cause.

And you can vote for our campaign to win the award, which will be decided by an online public poll. YEP Editor Hannah Thaxter said: “The YEP is passionate about combating the stigma and raising awareness of mental health issues in Leeds.

“We hope people will continue to speak out and share their stories through our campaign to help us make a difference.”

The YEP launched our #SpeakYourMind campaign in October last year, calling on people in Leeds to help combat stigma surrounding mental health.

In March, the Prime Minister Theresa May officially supported #SpeakYourMind, and praised the YEP’s readers for sharing their stories.

Voting closes at 5pm on Wednesday and the winner will be announced on May 19.


For possible use in the YP From the Archive series.''10th May 1988''THE MIGHTY Mallard, pride of Britain's railway history, puffed into Leeds Station today with a raging thirst.''It was pulling such a heavy load - 12 carriages carrying 250 top Post Office customers and stamp collectors - that it needed extra water supplies at Holbeck.''"The last thing we wanted was the boiler blowing up on Britain's pride and joy," said Mr Philip Round, Post Office Information Officer.''Mallard was making a special run across the Pennines from Manchester Victoria to mark two major anniversaries:

Leeds nostalgia: Mallard pulls into Leeds to mark 50th anniversary of world speed record... in 1988