Headline Voice Award
Headline, the national media monitoring programme for mental health and suicide has selected The Irish Mirror as the winner of the 2014 Headline Voice Media Award for both its excellent quality and quantity of media coverage given to people with self-experience.
The Headline Voice media award which was awarded to the Irish Mirror, aims to recognise the important role played by media in giving voice to people with experience of mental health problems.
This marks the first time that a tabloid news publication has won a Headline award, marking the continued focus and commitment being given by newspapers like the Mirror to responsible coverage of mental health, suicide and stories of personal experience.
Headline works with journalists and media organisations to ensure that mental health and suicide related issued are responsibly covered in the media. Speaking on the awards, Jane Arigho, Media Project Coordinator at Headline said, “The media have a key role to play in how the public think about suicide and mental health problems. The Irish Mirror’s coverage of personal experience helps to remove the myths and stigma around mental health, playing a fundamental part in raising awareness around suicide and self-harm and destigmatizing mental health problems.”
Speaking on receiving the prestigious award, Editor-in-Chief John Kierans said: “We are delighted to win this award for our coverage of mental health issues.
“It is important for people to understand that if they are not feeling right or down in the dumps that there is help there for them.
“If we can play a small role in spreading that awareness that is great.”
Award Criteria: Coverage must adhere to the various media guidelines for reporting on suicide and mental health issues. The media guidelines for the portrayal of suicide and mental health problems are available here: https://headline.ie/multimedia-resource/