Judge’s comment from Carl O’Brien:

A brave, moving and revealing examination of the effect of depression on a family, a much neglected and under-reported issue. It highlights the very many challenges of coping with mental ill-health, but also helps to de-stigmatise many perceptions and contains important information on coping strategies. Overall, this is a beautifully-crafted and textured piece of documentary-making: a tour de force.
 Runners up in order

  1.  Conor McGinnity: RTE Radio 1 My Dad’s Depression DCU
  2. Ciaran O’Connor: Radio Documentary Blind Panic DCU
  3. Craig Hughes: Sunday Topic Special Investigation of suicide UL
  4. Craig Hughes: Sunday Independent Some coroners ‘under-report cases of suicide’ UL
  5. James Keating: Landsleaving blog The Irish Times, Kate Fitzgerald and Defamation GCD

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The winner of the 2012 award for Student Journalism related to mental health or suicide prevention will soon be announced.The judge for this year’s Headline award is Carl O’Brien, Chief Reporter with the Irish Times.
The  shortlisted nominees for the 2012 award for ” Student Journalism related to Mental Health or Suicide Prevention” are

  • Craig Hughes: Sunday Topic Special Investigation of suicide UL
  • Craig Hughes: Sunday Independent Some coroners ‘under-report cases of suicide’ UL
  • James Keating:  Landsleaving blog The Irish Times, Kate Fitzgerald and Defamation GCD
  • Conor McGinnity: RTE Radio 1 My Dad’s DepressionDCU
  • Ciaran O’Connor: Radio Documentary Blind Panic DCU

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Headline is now accepting submissions for the 2012 Headline award for student journalism relating to mental health or suicide prevention.
The award will be judged by Carl O’Brien, Chief reporter with the Irish Times.
The winner will receive a trophy, a year’s NUJ subscription (must be a journalism/media student to claim this prize), a one year online subscription to The Irish Times, and two weekend camping tickets to The Electric Picnic.
The deadline for entries is Friday, 18th May 2012.
Award info:

  • Entries can cover any aspect of mental health or suicide prevention
  • All forms of media will be considered; written, (published or unpublished) broadcasted on television, radio, internet or otherwise.

Award Criteria

  • Coverage must adhere to the various media guidelines for reporting on suicide and mental health issues.
  • Media guidelines available here

Submission Guidelines:
Entries must be submitted by post to the Headline office by Friday 18th May to Awards, Headline, 36 Blessington Street, Dublin 7.

  • Only one piece of work needs to be submitted, however multiple entries will be accepted.
  • Online writing should be printed out and the URL where the piece originally appeared written at the top of the page.
  • Radio Entries are accepted on CD only as MP3.
  • TV or animation entries must be on DVD (VHS entries will not be viewed). No other formats will be accepted.
  • Shortlisted entries will be asked to give written consent to have the winning entry posted on websites or published.
  • You must have the permission of the people interviewed for publication.

Some pointers on quality and content
Positive coverage of suicide and mental health issues can and should:

  •  Be informative, accurate and encourage public understanding;
  •  Promote positive mental health;
  •  Encourage people who may be experiencing difficulties to seek the help that they need;
  •  Provide information on sources of support at local and national level;
  •  Prompt discussion of mental health and suicide related issues;
  •  Challenge the stigma that surrounds mental health problems;
  • Ensure accuracy by providing expert advice or feature someone with self-experience of a mental health problem.

Please contact Headline on 01 8279022 with any further queries.

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