A DUDLEY man has created his own podcast on the subject of mental health, after being inspired to reach out and help others.

Shadie Carrier, aged 36, has turned his hand to podcast production by creating a series of short episodes on mental health.

The 'Melancholy Man' series takes a scientific look at how the mind works, taking in psychology and philosophy, according to Shadie.

Explaining his inspiration behind the project, Shadie said: "I felt compelled to do it, not for financial gain but to help people.

"I had seen reports of suicides in the area and felt I had to do something.

"I have been through quite a lot myself over the years."

Shadie has so far made four episodes and has plans to extend the series to six if there is enough interest.

He also hopes to have guests on the series in the future as he has received positive feedback from listeners and supporters on social media.

The world of podcasts is completely new to Shadie, who works as an IT director and entrepreneur, but he is so far enjoying the journey.

He added: "It's the first time I've done anything like this, it's been a bit scary putting yourself out there, but it's for a good cause."

'Melancholy Man' is available to download and stream now on Spotify, iTunes and Google Podcasts.