Headline Mental Health Media Awards 2020
Following last year’s successful relaunch, the Mental Health Media Awards took place this year on 2 December 2020. Click below to see the 2020 winners.
Headline is Ireland’s national media programme for responsible reporting, and representation of mental ill health and suicide. Our vision is an Ireland where fewer lives are lost through suicide, and every person has an open and positive attitude to their own and others’ mental health. The media have a big part to play in that.
Readers, listeners, and viewers often form their attitudes to mental health difficulties and suicide behaviour from the media they consume. Unintentional irresponsible reporting or misrepresentations of mental health difficulties can have devastating effects on audiences, sometimes fatal. Using best international practice and the most up to date research, Headline offers guidance to anyone actively producing content on these issues.
A wide range of resources are available to offer guidance to journalists and broadcasters when reporting on mental health and suicide related issues.
Please find links below for further information.
Headline Suicide & Self-Harm Guidelines
This is a guide for Journalists and Broadcasters reporting on Suicide & Self-Harm, written by Headline.
Self-Care for Journalists
Self-Care for Journalists, written by Headline.
Media Guidelines for the Portrayal of Suicide
Media Guidelines for the Portrayal of Suicide, Irish Association for Suicidology (IAS) and Samaritans.
WHO Resource for Media Professionals
A resource for media professionals published by the World Health Organization (WHO) as part of its worldwide initiative for the prevention of suicide.
The Headline Mental Health Media Awards 2019 saw media professionals across every platform, mental health advocates and people with lived experience of mental ill health come together in Dublin, to celebrate the work of media who bring to light challenging stories of mental ill health.
The idea to enter the Headline awards was basically a bolt out of the blue. I had finished my studies and started in a new job around September 2019. My girlfriend Jenny heard about the Headline award and sent me a link. My final year project had won a Student Media Award back in May, and was about a mental health issue – the dual diagnosis of addiction and mental health – so we thought, why not throw it in and see what happens?
Headline is Ireland’s national programme for responsible reporting, and representation of mental illness and suicide. Our objective is to work as collaboratively as possible with Irish media professionals across print, broadcast, and online platforms to reduce the effects of suicide contagion, and the stigma attached to mental ill health.