Headline Mental Health
The Headline Mental Health Media Awards 2019 saw media professionals across every platform, mental health advocates and people with lived experience of mental ill health come together in Dublin, to celebrate the work of media who bring to light challenging stories of mental ill health.
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.
Over 7,000 online articles were analysed in the first two months of 2019. Headline releases its latest findings, along with evaluations of workshops with media professionals. We also take a brief look back at 2018 and look ahead to the challenges facing media and mental health in 2019.
Advisory note on the Momo Challenge. We are uncomfortably aware of the difficulty in covering the recent reappearance of the Momo Challenge. This is an online game targeting children via multiple sources. It has been reported to cause both emotional and physical pain to those who engage with it. The discussions around it have also caused upset.
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.