Winners 2023

Mental Health Journalism Local Print & Online:
‘I didn’t think I’d make it to my 15th birthday but now I am studying law’, Richard Canny for the Roscommon Herald.

Mental Health Broadcasting Long Form:
RTÉ Investigates: Ireland’s Unregulated Psychologists for RTÉ.

Mental Health Content Digital:
‘Redacted Lives: Episode 1’ for The Journal.

Student Journalism Award:
‘Is it me or my OCD?’, Valerie McHugh for the University of Galway.

Special Recognition Award:
Mark Ryan and David Ryan won for ‘Blackrock Boys’, featured on RTÉ Radio 1.

Mental Health Broadcasting Short Form:
‘Dealing with Miscarriage’, Lunchtime Live with Andrea Gilligan for Newstalk.

Mental Health Journalism National Print & Online:
‘It’s very hard to see to a loved one, with cuffs on, in prison, because there’s nowhere else for him to go’ Noel Baker for the Irish Examiner.

Mental Health Content Special Interest:
‘Blind Justice: How prison is leaving Travellers isolated and traumatised’, Michelle Hennessey, Maria Delaney and Martin Beanz Warde for Journal.ie & Noteworthy.ie.

Shine Audience Choice Award:
Living with anxiety: Clodagh shares her unspoken’, Unspoken Podcast.

Mental Health Champion:
Shane Phelan

Shortlist 2023

Mental Health Journalism | Local Print & Online

For a single print or online news report or feature, published in a regional or local news outlet, about or related to mental health:

Mental Health Broadcasting | Long Form

For a factual journalistic or magazine programme broadcast on television or radio, either standalone or one episode from a series, about or related to mental health:

Special Recognition

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:

Mental Health Journalism | National Print/Online

For a single print or online news report or feature, published in a national news outlet, about or related to mental health:

Mental Health Content | Digital

For websites, podcasts, interactive online features, apps, interactive documentaries and other digital technologies that use creative and innovative techniques and content to expand knowledge and understanding of, and engagement with, mental ill health:

Shine Audience Choice Award

For a piece of Irish media (print, online, or broadcast) that has impacted the Irish public and/or shaped the public conversation on mental ill health in Ireland. This is the only award chosen entirely by the public:

Mental Health Content | Special Interest

For a feature article (550 words or longer) published in print or online 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:

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, about or related to mental health:

  • The Hidden Epidemic, Rose Slocock for TCD Misc. Magazine
  • Is it me or my OCD?, Documentary by Valerie McHugh
  • So much Fatter, Akshita Hunka for TN2 Magazine
  • Demystifying PMDD, Ella Sloane for Trinity News
  • Unbroken: A year in the life, Documentary by Alla Pavlutska

Meet The Judges

Rick Rossiter
Writer & Mental Health Advocate

Rick Rossiter has lived experience of Bipolar and Borderline Personality Disorders. He is a Mental Health Advocate & Consultant working through media platforms, open conversations and webinars. He is a writer and Blogger. He is an Ambassador for See Change & AWARE, and works with REFOCUS Group through The College of Psychiatrists. He has worked with and volunteered for Shine, eHealth Ireland, First Fortnight, ReachOut Ireland and Mental Health Reform, and contributed to multiple resources.

Michael Foley
Journalist, Lecturer and Writer

Michael is a former journalist with The Irish Times where he was education correspondent and media correspondent among other positions. He was a journalism lecturer at DIT (now TU Dublin) where he earned a PhD and is Professor Emeritus. He is the author of many journal articles and book chapters and the author of Death in Every Paragraph: Journalism and the Great Irish Famine (2015). He worked in media development in South East Europe, the Caucuses and Central Asia as well as the Middle East and Africa for the BBC’s development organisations, UNICEF, UNESCO and the International Federation of Journalists. He is currently vice chair of the NUJ’s ethics council.

Carmen Bryce
Communications & Fundraising Manager, Mental Health Ireland

Carmen is a former journalist and currently leads the Communications and Fundraising team at Mental Health Ireland. Carmen is a passionate advocate for putting the voice of lived experience at the heart of stigma reduction and mental health promotion. She believes that story sharing is a powerful way to challenge prejudice, support recovery, and change toxic cultures.

Blessing Dada
Mental Health Activist & Writer

Blessing, born and raised in Dublin, is an award-winning Black-Irish mental health writer activist. She is also a content creator/blogger on social media, who is outspoken on various social justice issues, especially on the intersectionality of mental health awareness. Accompanied with her lived experiences, she raises awareness of perspectives for Black & other ethnic minority communities in Ireland. She is also a Youth Support Worker with Crosscare, has been featured in many publications such as the New York Times and Irish Times, and was named as one of the Irish Independent’s ‘50 people to watch’ this year.

Ciarán Austin
Communications Manager, National Office for Suicide Prevention

Ciarán works in the National Office for Suicide Prevention. He previously worked in the NGO sector, in the areas of depression support, suicide postvention and suicide/self-harm prevention. His professional interest in these areas stems from his own personal experience of losing his youngest brother Fionnbarr through suicide in 2006.

June Shannon
Medical Journalist

June is an award-winning medical journalist with 20 years’ experience in specialist health and medical reporting in Ireland. She has a special interest in women's health, mental health, and the health of socially excluded groups such as the homeless. Her work has been published in the national press including the Irish Times and the specialist medical press. She has appeared on national television and radio as a specialist health contributor. In March 2018 she was appointed Digital Health Journalist with the Irish Heart Foundation and prior to that served as the Clinical and Deputy Editor of the Irish Medical Times. June was awarded the 2019 Headline Mental Health Media award, for her Irish Times piece on perinatal mental health and suicide in pregnancy.

Cathal Mac Coille
Broadcaster, Journalist & Writer

Cathal is an award-winning journalist and former broadcaster with RTÉ. He presented the Morning Ireland programme for twenty years. He also writes a weekly column for the Irish language website Tuairisc.ie

Miriam Donohoe
Head of Communications, Trócaire Ireland

Miriam has almost four decades of experience in media and communications. A journalist for 27 years, she has worked across many of the Irish newspaper titles including ten years on the staff of the Irish Times. Miriam moved into communications in 2009, establishing a PR agency MD Media before following her passion for international development by moving to work in the humanitarian aid sector. She is currently Head of Communications with Trócaire. Miriam is a graduate of the TUI journalism course and holds a Diploma in Newspaper Management from Scandinavian International Management Institute (SIMI).

Sarah Stack
Communications & Policy Manager, Samaritans Ireland

Sarah joined Samaritans in 2017 after over 15 years working in journalism & PR. She started her career in regional newspapers in the UK before joining the Press Association’s Dublin bureau covering a variety of national and international news stories. She worked at the Irish Independent prior to the Samaritans, where she leads public awareness and media campaigns.

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