October 15, 2014

NUIG student David Nevin has been selected as winner of the 2014 Headline Award for Student Journalism Related to Mental Health and Suicide for his radio documentary “From darkness into light”.

 David, a Galway native who is an MA journalism student in NUIG picked up the award for his radio documentary that discusses the issues relating to mental health care in Ireland.  Judging the shortlisted entries, Carl O’Brien, Chief Reporter with the Irish Times commented on From darkness into light; “A finely crafted and comprehensive radio documentary which combines personal accounts of mental health with analysis of deficits in the system and how it could be improved.  A valuable and moving piece of journalism”.


He further remarked; “The standard overall was of a very high quality, I felt, and would give the mainstream media a run for its money.  It's very encouraging to see the level of "mental health literacy" among students these days, which I think bodes well for the future.”


Headline, the national media monitoring programme for mental health and suicide created the award for student journalism to raise awareness among media students in recognition of the issues involved when reporting on mental health and suicide and to recognise the good work being produced.


Jane Arigho, Media Project Coordinator with Headline said; “The media have a huge impact on the way we think about suicide and mental health issues.  The standard of submissions for the Headline award suggests that the next generation of journalists will play a key role in raising awareness of and de-stigmatising suicide mental health problems.”  She continued; “Dedicated and responsible coverage of suicide and mental health issues of this calibre will not only contribute to greater public understanding but also encourage those in distress to reach out and seek the help that they need.”