May 2, 2012

Calling all budding journalists! Have you produced a media piece about mental health or suicide related issues in Ireland or do you intend to produce such a piece? 

If so, you may be in with a chance of winning the Headline award for student journalism relating to mental health or suicide prevention.

Headline’s award for mental health or suicide prevention will be awarded to any form of media, be it written, (published or unpublished) broadcasted on television, radio, internet or otherwise, highlighting the issue of mental health or suicide prevention in Ireland.

  • Entries can cover any aspect of mental health or suicide prevention.
  • Only one piece of work needs to be submitted, however multiple entries will be accepted.
  • The competition will be judged by Carl O’Brien, Chief reporter with the Irish Times.

More information on the Headline award for student journalism relating to mental health or suicide prevention and how to enter can be found on the Headline website:

 For media guidelines and tips for reporting on mental health and suicide related issues check out  

Award Criteria

Coverage must adhere to the various media guidelines for reporting on suicide and mental health issues. Media guidelines available here;

In shortlisting Headline considers that positive coverage of suicide and mental health issues should:

  • Be informative, accurate and encourage public understanding; 
  • Promote positive mental health;
  • 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 problems;  
  • Ensure accuracy by providing expert advice or feature someone with self-experience of a mental health problem.

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.

TV 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 winning entry posted on websites or published,  You must have the permission of the people interviewed for publication.

Deadline: Entries must be submitted by post to the Headline office by Friday 18th May to the following contacts: Awards, Headline, 36 Blessington St, Dublin 7

Award results: 25th May

The winner will recieve a trophy, A years NUJ subscription (Must be a journalism/media student to accept this) a years online subscription to The Irish Times, and two weekend camping tickets to The Electric Picnic.

Any further questions can be directed to: Jane Arigho, Media Project Coordinator, Headline, 36 Blessington St, Dublin 7.