Celebrating stories that break down stereotypes, engage audiences and enhance the public’s understanding of mental health issues.
Established over a decade ago and relaunched in 2019, Headline’s Mental Health Media Awards recognise excellence in media coverage of mental health issues. They reflect the challenges, lived experience and realities of people living with mental ill health
- Submissions open: 1 September 2021
- Submissions close: 24 September 2021
- Shortlist announced: 2 November 2021
- Awards ceremony: 1 December 2021
Headline’s Mental Health Media Awards celebrate work across 10 categories and a wide range of media platforms, highlighting the unique role of journalists, producers and storytellers in making brave editorial decisions while limiting harm to vulnerable audiences. Click each category for individual descriptions. For further clarification, see ‘Entry Rules’ section below.
Mental Health Journalism – National Print/Online
For a single print or online news report or feature, published in a national news outlet, that deals with stories, topics or issues in, about or related to mental ill health.
Mental Health Journalism – Local Print/Online
For a single print or online news report or feature, published in a local/regional news outlet, that deals with stories, topics or issues in, about or related to mental ill health..
Mental Health Broadcasting – Long Form
For a factual, long form feature/documentary, broadcast on television or radio, that deals with current stories, topics or issues in, about or related to mental ill health.
Mental Health Broadcasting – Short Form
For a factual, short form, journalistic clip/segment/interview, broadcast on television or radio, that deals with current stories, topics or issues in, about or related to mental ill health. This can include content from magazine-style programmes and current affairs programmes, for example.
Mental Health Content – Special Interest
For a feature article (550 words or longer) published in print or online that deals with stories, topics or issues in, about or related to health. This may include specialist features such as sport, music, food and health and may be published across any platform, including newspaper supplements and magazines.
Mental Health Content – Digital
For podcasts, interactive online features, apps, interactive documentaries and other digital technologies that use creative and innovative techniques and content to extend knowledge and understanding of, and engagement with, mental ill health. Must not have been broadcast. For podcasts, specify which episode you would like to nominate.
Student Journalism Award
For a piece of media, including radio, digital or print made by a student as part of a course at a university or third level institute, that deals with stories, topics or issues in, about or related to mental health. Must not have been published or broadcast in a national or local outlet, excluding college outlets.
Headline Voice Media Award in partnership with See Change
For a publisher, in print or online, or broadcaster who has demonstrated excellence in the quality and quantity of coverage given to people with self-experience of mental ill health.
Special Recognition Award
For an individual with lived experience of mental ill health who, in their own words, shares their story to help and educate a wider audience.
Headline Impact Award
For an individual working in any platform who has made an exceptional contribution to coverage of mental ill health. This can be any media producer, editor, commissioner, director, researcher or journalist. Entries should refer to demonstrable impact at audience, community or national level. Also suitable for nominating a series.
Previous MHMA ceremonies
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.