Celebrating stories that break down
stereotypes, engage audiences and
enhance the public’s understanding of
mental health issues.
Established over a decade ago and relaunching 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: 9 September 2019
- Submissions close: 7 October 2019
- Shortlist announced: 4 November 2019
- Awards ceremony: 4 December 2019
Headline’s Mental Health Media Awards celebrate work across 10 categories and a wide range of media platforms, highlighting the unique role of journalists and producers in making brave editorial decisions while limiting harm to vulnerable audiences.
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 regional or local news outlet, that deals with stories, topics or issues in, about or related to mental ill health.
Mental Health Broadcasting | One-off Documentary
For a single factual television or radio feature/ documentary related to mental ill health. This category is also open to local radio.
Mental Health Broadcasting | Current Affairs Programme
For a factual journalistic or magazine programme broadcast on television or radio, either standalone or one episode from a series, that deals with current stories, topics or issues in, about or related to mental ill health. This category is also open to local radio.
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 mental health. This may include specialist features such as sport, music, food and health and may be published across any platform, including newspaper supplements or magazines.
Mental Health Content | Online
For websites, 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
Headline Student Journalist Award
For a piece of media, including radio, digital or print, made by a student as part of a journalism or media course at a university or third level institute that deals with stories, topics or issues in, about or related to the mental health. Winning student will receive a two-week reporting placement with our publication partner TheJournal.ie, along with a bursary for expenses.
Headline Student Vision Award
For a single original piece of 2D imagery, including a photograph, illustration or drawing that challenges stereotypical imagery of mental ill health and best represents or imagines stories, people, or issues relating to mental ill health.
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.
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.
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.