Michael's collection of original stories illustrates the significant and deep-seated problems at Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust, one of the country's largest mental health trusts. Among other issues, Michael reveals their failure to learn lessons from previous incidents and their refusal to listen to desperate cries for help which sometimes led to someone taking their own life.
"BBC News at its absolute best. Michael has a story and he keeps going back to it. His coverage of Southern Health is really powerful and important."
- Judge's comment
Mind and the award judges would like to give special thanks to the other entrants:
David and Nicholas' Mental Health Watch campaign has created media space to tell mental health stories nearly every day for the last nine months. They used the space to save a local mental health phone line from closure, as well as to explore the true extent of patients being sent far away for mental health treatment and the rise in unexpected deaths within their local mental health trust.
Anna has worked tirelessly to give young people who often feel unheard a voice. She challenges the stigma of talking about teen suicide and suicidal feelings, tackles the stereotype that only females have eating disorders and reveals the recent spike in self-poisoning by teenage girls.
Across a variety of platforms Alexander explores a side of OCD devastatingly misunderstood by society and neglected by the media: 'Pure O'. Through addressing the concerns of those experiencing it directly, he highlights the extent of misdiagnosis and inadequate care that surrounds 'Pure O'.