The Irish Times credited with destigmatizing mental health and positive coverage of suicide related issues at the Headline Annual Media Awards.
Headline, The National Media Monitoring Pogramme for mental health and suicide has selected The Irish Times as the winner of its inaugural overall award for positive media coverage of mental health and suicide.  The Award will be presented by Kathleen Lynch TD Minister of State, Department of Health and Department of Justice, Equality & Defence with responsibility for Disability, Older People, Equality & Mental Health.
Headline created the Headline Overall Award for positive coverage of mental health and suicide, which this year went to the Irish Times to recognise the excellent work by media professionals for their outstanding coverage of the difficult issues surrounding mental health and suicide in a sensitive and positive way.
Upon recieving the Award Kevin O’Sullivan, Irish Times Editor, said
“The Irish Times is strongly committed to covering mental health issues, including those surrounding suicide, that affect so many strands of Irish society. We attempt to do so with thoroughness, fairness and compassion for those immediately affected by mental health problems. We also seek to encourage meaningful debate on services and outcomes,”
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 excellent work of The Irish Times with particular reference to Chief Reporter Carl O’Brien encourages help seeking behaviour and helps to remove the stigmas and myths that surrounds these issues.”