Calling all budding journalists: Enter the 2017 Headline Media Awards
Enter the 2017 Headline Award for Student Journalism relating to Suicide or Mental Health

  • Judged by Carl O’Brien, Education Editor with the Irish Times.
  • Award info: Entries can cover any aspect of mental health or suicide prevention
  • All forms of media will be considered; written, (published or unpublished) broadcasted on television, radio, internet, blogs or otherwise.
  • Prize: iPad mini 2 WiFi | 32GB
  • Award Criteria: Coverage must adhere to the various media guidelines for reporting on suicide and mental health issues.
  • Media guidelines available at

Submission Guidelines: Entries must be submitted by post to the Headline office by 28 April 2017 to Awards, Jane Arigho, Headline, DOC business centre, Straffan road, Maynooth Co. Kildare, W23 W5X7
Visit for the full list of submission guidelines. (Any recordings must be saved as MP3).

Submission Guidelines:

  • Only one piece of work needs to be submitted, however multiple entries will be accepted.
  • Online writing should be printed out and the URL where the piece originally appeared written at the top of the page.
  • Radio Entries are accepted on CD only as MP3.
  • Broadcast TV/Radio documentaries or animation entries must be on DVD (VHS entries will not be viewed). No other formats will be accepted.
  • Shortlisted entries will be asked to give written consent to have the entry posted on websites or published.
  • You must have the permission of the people interviewed for publication.
    Submissions are free of charge

Please fill in the attached application form clearly and submit with your entry

Some pointers on quality and content

Positive coverage of suicide and mental health issues can and should:

  • Be informative, accurate and encourage public understanding;
  • Promote positive mental health or suicide prevention;
  • Encourage people who may be experiencing difficulties to seek the help that they need;
  • Provide information on sources of support at local and national level;
  • Prompt discussion of mental health and suicide related issues;
  • Challenge the stigma that surrounds mental health and suicide related issues;
  • Ensure accuracy by providing expert advice or feature someone with self-experience of a mental health problem, deliberate self-harm or suicide related experience.
  • Follow the media guidelines