Irish Times journalist wins award for coverage of mental health

The Irish Times took home one of the top honors at the 2021 Headline Mental Health Media Awards on Wednesday – which honor excellence in coverage of mental health issues.

Patrick Fren won a National Print/Online Award for an article published earlier this year: The mental health pandemic in Ireland: from crisis to emergency. The category was for a single news report or feature that “deals with stories, topics, or issues in, about, or related to mental ill health” and the judges wrote that the article was “rigorously researched.”

Meg Walker was also nominated in the same category for an article published in The Irish Times last January: During the lockdown, my 11-year-old son was hospitalized with an eating disorder.

The Irish Times was shortlisted in three categories, with the awards ceremony – hosted by Anton Savage – held online due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Jennifer O’Connell and Damien Cullen were nominated in the Mental Health Content/Special Interest category, which celebrates a niche feature that deals with stories, topics, or issues related to or related to mental health. O’Connell article, Ireland’s teenage outcasts: ‘We are really on the verge of collapse now, concerned about the impact of Covid-19 on Irish teenagers. Coleen was nominated for, ‘I have a lot of stories’: 30 Irish women on harassment and assaultwhich was published last March in the wake of the murder of Sarah Everard, a young woman who was kidnapped, raped and murdered in London.

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