The award was presented at the ceremony held in The Dean Hotel, Dublin on 6th July. Her articles titled, “Our Suicide Scourge”, and “Everyone’s in the same Boat” won for a combination of excellent writing, compelling personal stories of grief and recovery, which includes expert advice and a focus on support services. The competition was judged by Carl O’Brien, the Education Editor at the Irish Times.
Speaking about Jennifer’s entries, he said, “The story of Cormac Hayes’s recovery from mental health problems, in particular, is a moving piece of journalism, while the focus on support teams provides an insight into the work of psychiatric services and helps demystify many of the misconceptions that surround mental health problems”.
Headline runs the award in an effort to raise awareness among media students of the issues involved when reporting on mental health and suicide and to recognise the good work being produced.
Runner-up in the award is Eithne Dodd, a UCD student whose articles provides readers with valuable insights and information into mental health issues and helps shed light on the nature of society and depression.
Notable distinctions include, Sarah Ledden from Trinity College, “We Shouldn’t Tip-toe around Suicide”, which is a powerful, honest opinion piece in which she helps debunk some of the misconceptions that persist around suicide.
Michaela Deane, university of Limerick, wrote her article is an excellent first-person exploration of what we talk about when we talk about mental illness. Rather than simply anxiety or depression, she makes the point that there are far more complex forms of illness such as personality disorders, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.
Niamh Cullen, a student of NUI Galway, produced a radio documentary, “Rennafix: Exercising Minds”, an inspiring and uplifting story of how campaigners are promoting positive mental health activities in the North-west through outdoor activities.
Headline is Ireland’s national media monitoring programme, working to promote responsible and accurate coverage of mental health and suicide related issues within the Irish media.