Receiving the award, Evening Echo editor Maurice Gubbins thanked Headline saying they were delighted to be recognised in this manner. “Reporting and writing about issues such as suicide, self-harm and mental health can be difficult but is something we take very seriously at the Evening Echo. I want to thank Headline for this award,” he said.
Media analysis conducted by Headline confirmed that a significant number of regional publications show a genuine commitment to responsible coverage of mental health issues. Local and regional newspapers contributed to almost 13% of all positive coverage of mental health and suicide related issues.
Headline’s media analysis also highlighted how regional media coverage of mental health issues varies greatly between regions. Regional coverage of mental health issues was strongest in quality and volume in Munster (69%), followed by Leinster (just under 20%), with publications in Connacht and Ulster producing equal amounts of positive coverage (6.25%).