About Headline

Headline is Ireland’s national programme for responsible reporting, and representation of mental illness and suicide.

Media Resources

Part of Headline’s job is to promote responsible reporting of mental health and suicide. Why? So that no unintentional harm is done to vulnerable readers and audiences.

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Headline releases Reporting Mental Health and Suicide: Challenges Facing Journalists


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.


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.

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.

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.


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About Headline

Headline is Ireland’s national programme for responsible reporting, and representation of mental illness and suicide. Our objective is to work as collaboratively as possible with Irish media professionals across print, broadcast, and online platforms to reduce the effects of suicide contagion, and the stigma attached to mental ill health.