Welcome to Headline

Headline is Ireland’s national media programme for responsible reporting, and representation of mental ill health and suicide. Our vision is an Ireland where fewer lives are lost through suicide, and every person has an open and positive attitude to their own and others’ mental health. The media have a big part to play in that.

Readers, listeners, and viewers often form their attitudes to mental health difficulties and suicide behaviour from the media they consume. Unintentional irresponsible reporting or misrepresentations of mental health difficulties can have devastating effects on audiences, sometimes fatal. Using best international practice and the most up to date research, Headline offers guidance to anyone actively producing content on these issues.

Quick Resources

A wide range of resources are available to offer guidance to journalists and broadcasters when reporting on mental health and suicide related issues.

Please find links below for further information.

Media Guidelines for the Portrayal of Suicide

Media Guidelines for the Portrayal of Suicide, Irish Association for Suicidology (IAS) and Samaritans.

WHO Resource for Media Professionals

A resource for media professionals published by the World Health Organization (WHO) as part of its worldwide initiative for the prevention of suicide.

Headline Suicide & Self-Harm Guidelines

This is a guide for Journalists and Broadcasters reporting on Suicide & Self-Harm, written by Headline.

Self-Care for Journalists

Self-Care for Journalists, written by Headline.

Upcoming Training

Drop-In Session: Reporting on Suicide for Professional Media
September 22nd at 2pm | 1 hr via Zoom
Vicarious Trauma, Compassion Fatigue and Burnout in the Newsroom (Session 1)
September 23rd at 9.30am | 3.5 hrs via Zoom Note: This is the first of 2 sessions. You must be available for both sessions. Session 2 takes place September 30th at 9.30am for 3.5 hours.