We need you and your voice!

Do you attend Shine services? If so, we need your voice and your experience to support research being carried out by our partner programme Headline.

Headline Media Trust Initiative

This is a research initiative that aims to help reduce stigma of severe and enduring mental illness within the media. We want to do this by helping to increase representation of people with severe mental illness in the media. We hope to do that by:

  • Developing guidance that will help journalists and other media professionals engage people with severe / enduring mental illness to tell their story
  • Developing guidance for people with severe/enduring mental illness who are thinking about engaging with the media or organisations who support them
  • The guidance will be a document that people can download from the internet and read to help them better prepare for media engagement

What would your role be in the research?

To share your experiences, as someone who lives with severe and enduring mental illness, who has engaged with / almost engaged with the media. You can advise us on

  1. what your experiences have been, where they went wrong and what could be done better
  2. what journalists/ media professionals need to understand about severe and enduring mental illness  
  3. what would make engaging with the media a positive experience for you or someone living with severe and enduring mental illness

Interview will be by phone at an agreed time that suits the participant, should not take more than 40-50 minutes and it will be conducted by Isabelle of Quality Matters.

Participants time, expertise and contribution to the research will be recognised.

All researchers come from social care background and are trauma informed care trained and have experience working within mental health.

This is voluntary and participants can opt out during the process. All participants can speak to researchers with any concerns or queries before agreeing to participate.

If you wish to take part or have any questions about taking part, please contact the lead researcher, Aoife Dermody on 0877515230

Headline Mental Health Media Awards 2019

We would like to extend heartiest congratulations to all the winners and shortlisted nominees at the Headline Mental Health Media Awards 2019. It was a wonderful emotional afternoon full of laughter, celebration and tears.

We were so honoured to have so many people in the room dedicated to safe, compassionate reporting and a desire to create an open discussion on mental health in the media.

The awards recognise and celebrate stories that breakdown stereotypes, engage audiences and enhance the public’s understanding of mental health issues. Winners announced on www.headline.ie