Headline Programme Officer

Job Title: Headline Programme Officer

Reporting To: The post holder will report to the Headline Team Leader
Contract: Permanent (6-month probation)
Hours: 21 hours per week
Location: Hybrid/ Flexible. Head office is in Maynooth, Co Kildare
Salary: €34,008 pro-rated to €20,405 for 21 hours

About Shine
Shine’s vision is a more compassionate Ireland where those affected by mental illness and stigma are supported and included in all aspects of society. We specialise in supporting and educating individuals, family members and communities impacted by mental illness and stigma.

About Headline

Headline is Shine’s national programme for responsible reporting and representation of mental illness and suicide. We are a recognised global leader in innovative media and mental health practices. The media has an enormous impact on how people form their opinions about others and the society in which they live. This includes how people form their opinions on mental health and illness. Headline works collaboratively with media professionals, policymakers, academics and other stakeholders to reduce suicide contagion via the media, improve the media’s ability to cover mental health stories, and enhance audiences’ understanding of mental health experiences. We achieve this through our media monitoring, student and professional workshops, research, policy collaborations, fellowships and awards.   Most recently, Headline has provided recommendations to the World Health Organization on their suicide reporting guidelines, Coimisiún na Meán on the Code of Programme Standards and Online Safety Code and has presented at the World Congress on Suicide Prevention.

Our primary functions are:

⦁ To support Irish media in their work of covering difficult, and sometimes traumatic mental health content, through resources, awards and fellowships
⦁ To provide training and educational supports to journalism and media professionals, and third level students
⦁ To create an evidence base through monitoring and data gathering, for the improvement of mental illness representations and mental health reporting practices in Irish media
⦁ To participate in national and international policy and research in the field of media and mental health.

Purpose of Role
The primary purpose of this role will be to monitor reporting of suicide and mental illness in Irish media. This requires reviewing and analysing content using our new media monitoring model. Comprehensive training will be provided. In addition, the Programme Officers will work with the Headline Team Leader across many core services, including the annual Mental Health Media Awards.

The Programme Officer will be a dynamic, resourceful, energetic, resilient and creative professional who has a passion for positive change. They will be curious by nature, with excellent attention to detail and be solution oriented. They will have an interest in Ireland’s media landscape or mental health, and have a good understanding of working with data.

Duties and Responsibilities

Media Monitoring

  • Work with other Programme Officers as a team to periodically monitor and analyse reporting of suicide and mental illness in Irish media

  • Compile quarterly monitoring reports, identifying trends relating to media coverage and representation of mental illness and suicide

  • Engage with media professionals on best practice reporting

  • Participate in external supervision for safe practice

Programme Support

  • Work with the Headline Team Leader in the management and administration of the annual Mental Health Media Awards and other communications tasks

  • Provide editorial support to Headline team as needed on all publications, public responses and policy positions

  • Work with Shine’s Comms team in the preparation of press releases and content to develop and promote the work of Headline

  • Support all Headline programme functions

Essential Requirements

  • Fluency in English language

  • Professional proficiency of Microsoft Office software, especially Excel

  • Well-developed analytical skills and capable of critiquing research articles

  • An interest in mental health

  • Excellent communication, interpersonal & organisational skills

  • Experienced report writer and presentation skills

  • Demonstrable resilience when working with mental health content

  • Skilled in building relationships with both internal and external stakeholders and in working collaboratively

  • Be enthusiastic about the nuances of language and framing

  • Highly motivated self-starter capable of taking initiative while also working well within a small team

  • Third level qualification in media, mental health or research-related field or equivalent experience

  • Candidates must be domiciled in Ireland

Desirable Previous Experience

  • Previous experience as a journalist, researcher, content moderator, or experience in news media, media academia

  • 2-3 years professional experience

  • Experience working with content analysis or data entry and interpretation


  • Support and supervision provided by external supervisor

  • Training and ongoing professional development

  • Employer contribution to pension, including Death in Service benefit

  • Access to Employee Health Plan

  • Access to Employee Assistance Programme

  • 24 days annual leave per annum (pro rata for part time employees)

  • Additional leave of one wellbeing day per annum and Good Friday

  • Flexible and hybrid working

  • Paid maternity and paternity leave

Please send a CV (2-3 pages) and a cover letter to recruit@shine.ie. Your cover letter should clearly demonstrate why you are a good fit for this role. If you have any queries in relation to the role please direct them to recruit@shine.ie

Application Deadline: 5pm Friday the 14th of June

Distressing level of discrimination still faced by people with psychosis survey finds

Shine, Mental Health Reform and the HSE National Clinical Programme for Early Intervention in Psychosis launches its third annual survey of individuals with lived experience of psychosis and their supporters

May 24th 2024.

A distressing level of discrimination is still faced by individuals with psychosis. That’s the finding of the Shine, Mental Health Reform and the HSE National Clinical Programme for Early Intervention in Psychosis (EIP) 2023 survey.
The 2023 survey findings were released today to mark World Schizophrenia Day and launch the 2024 survey for people with lived experience of psychosis and their supporters.

Respondents with personal experience of psychosis agreed or strongly agreed that they experienced discrimination in media representation of psychosis (75%)1, in the workplace (71%), from friends and family (61%) and in their local community (60%).

Among other findings were, of those respondents who managed to receive specialised EIP care, significantly better experiences were reported, with 84% saying they found it easy to access services compared to 50% in non-EIP settings. 74% of survey participants relied on general mental health services due to the limited availability of specialised Early Intervention in Psychosis (EIP) services, which only 26% accessed.

Dr. Karen O Connor, National Clinical Lead, Early Intervention in Psychosis Programme, Health Service Executive said: “This survey illuminates the profound impact that accessible and specialised Early Intervention in Psychosis services can have, showcasing how informed, compassionate care not only transforms lives but also strengthens our communities- creating a more equitable and compassionate society for everyone.”

Nicola Byrne, CEO of Shine, the organisation that supports people affected by mental illness and their families and a partner in the production of the annual survey, said the 2023 survey results show that stigma stubbornly persists around mental illness and is especially high around psychosis. “Shine works hard, through our Green Ribbon Campaign, Workplace, Ambassador and Headline programmes and other initiatives to reduce stigma around mental illness, but these findings are evidence that distressing levels of stigma remain and show that much more needs to be done. We must redouble our efforts with more public education and awareness raising.”

Survey participants agree. One said: “There should be more support around stigma as I face a lot of discrimination in the community due to my mental illness and medication side effects. I have no one to go to.”

Another respondent, a family member said: “My sibling has been very lucky and has received, and continues to receive, excellent care from the EIP services in the HSE. However, serious mental health illnesses need to be spoken about more in the public arena. Whilst mental health in general has become a topic, there is still serious stigma attached to mental illness.”

Fiona Coyle, CEO of Mental Health Reform said: “People who experience psychosis deserve and need dedicated, specialised supports and services. This survey highlights the importance of increased investment in Early Intervention in Psychosis teams to improve outcomes for people with psychosis and their families. Additional funding for community services is also vital to support recovery and reduce the impact of stigma on individuals with mental health difficulties.”

1 Survey respondents were asked to give their perspective on the media generally; no distinction was made between factual and fictional media.

The 2024 survey launched today will run for six weeks, until Friday, July 5th.

Link to survey: https://forms.office.com/e/XhhL120mjU

Ellen Lynch
Communications & Engagement Manager,
086 1370015