The award will be judged by Carl O’Brien, Education Editor at the Irish Times.
Entries must relate to the issues of mental health or suicide prevention.  All forms of media will be considered: written, tv, radio, internet, blogs etc. Entries can be published or unpublished.
Award Criteria:
Coverage must adhere to the various media guidelines for reporting on suicide and mental health issues.
Media guidelines available at
Entries must be submitted by post to the Headline office by Monday 11th April 2016 to Awards, Kate Morgan, Headline, 38 Blessington Street, Dublin 7 DO7 AW62.

  • 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 include your contact details and place of study with each entry.
For queries contact:
Kate Morgan| 01 8601549
Twitter: @HeadlineIreland