Irish Independent wins Voice Media Award

Voice Media Award

See Change collaborated with Headline, the national media monitoring agency for mental health and suicide on the second annual Voice Media Award to recognise the important role played by media in giving voice to people with experience of mental health problems.

(L-R) Mr. Gerry Raleigh, Director, National Office for Suicide Prevention, Jane Arigho, Media Project Coordinator, Headline, Ms. Kathleen Lynch, TD, Minister of State for Disability, Equality, Mental Health and Older People, who presented the award, Claire Grady, Editor, Irish Independent, and John Saunders, Director, See Change.
(L-R) Mr. Gerry Raleigh, Director, National Office for Suicide Prevention, Jane Arigho, Media Project Coordinator, Headline, Ms. Kathleen Lynch, TD, Minister of State for Disability, Equality, Mental Health and Older People, who presented the award, Claire Grady, Editor, Irish Independent, and John Saunders, Director, See Change.

This year’s Voice Media Award in the print category was awarded to the Irish Independent for the impressive quantity and quality of coverage given to real people’s personal experiences of mental health problems and in particular recognition of the “Mind Yourself” series run during World Mental Health Week 2013.

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The awards presentation was officiated by Kathleen Lynch Kathleen Lynch TD., Minister of State, Department of Health and Department of Justice, Equality and Defence with responsibility for Disability, Equality, Mental Health and Older People. Editor Claire Grady and journalist Katie Byrne accepted the Voice Media Award on behalf of the Irish Independent.

As part of the Headline Annual Media Awards, the Irish Times was also selected as  winner of the inaugural Overall Award for Positive Media Coverage of Mental Health and Suicide at the award ceremony to recognise outstanding and responsible coverage of the difficult issues surrounding mental health and suicide.

This news comes as Samaritans launch new media guidelines for the responsible coverage of suicide and self-harm.

  • Stay tuned for upcoming announcement of the winner of the broadcast category.
  • Read about the 2012 Voice Media Award winners: https://seechange.ie/voice-media-award-2012/

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