Learning Waves members shortlisted for Mental Health Media Awards 2020

Learning Waves Skillnet is delighted to announce that a number of its members have been shortlisted for the Mental Health Media Awards 2020.  The awards recognise excellence in media coverage of mental health issues, celebrating those whose work brings to light challenging stories of mental ill health. With 10 categories, the Awards highlight work from all media platforms across local and national media. The focus is on stories, topics or issues in, about or related to mental ill health. Special categories have been added to recognise the decision makers behind the scenes who facilitate and encourage impactful, inclusive and informed stories.

The objective of the awards is to give national recognition to published works or broadcasts which:

  •     Foster greater public understanding of mental health issues
  •     Challenge stereotypes and stigma associated with mental health difficulties with the highest standard of journalism
  •     Inform and educate audiences as to the lived experience of people living with mental health difficulties
  •     Disclose practices or procedures needing reform so as to encourage the development and modernisation of Ireland’s mental health services


 Congratulations to our members listed below who have been shortlisted in the categories listed :

Mental Health Broadcasting | Short Form

For a single factual television or radio feature/ documentary related to mental ill health.

  •     Who’s Listening? (Episode 5), Fionnuala Corbett for iRadio
  •     Men’s Health Focus on Northern Sound: Mental Health, Aaron McElroy for Northern Sound FM
  •     Interview with the Travelling Community, Alan Corcoran for South East Radio


Mental Health Broadcasting | Long Form

For a factual journalistic or magazine programme broadcast on television or radio, either standalone or one episode from a series, that deals with current stories, topics or issues in, about or related to mental ill health.

  •     All About Autism, Kayte O’Malley on iRadio
  •     The Truth About Eating Disorders, Michelle Heffernan on Beat 102-103


Mental Health Content | Digital

For websites, podcasts, interactive online features, apps, interactive documentaries and other digital technologies that use creative and innovative techniques and content to extend knowledge and understanding of, and engagement with, mental ill health.

  •     Grief Encounters, Ian Doyle for Urban Media


Special Recognition

For a non-media professional who has made a valuable contribution to mental health content.:

  •     Sheila Naughton, Northern Sound,  The Road to Recovery interview on RTE Radio 1
  •     Aaron Hughes, Clones man urges others to look after mental health, Northern Sound FM


The awards ceremony will take place on 2nd December 2020 and we wish all our members every success at the event.


Posted 4th November 2020


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