A FOXROCK girl has won a top mental health award for student journalism.
Kieva McLaughlin, a DIT student, won the Headline award for student journalism relating to mental health or suicide prevention.
Kieva won for her radio documentary, Mouthful, which was described by judge Carl O’Brien, education editor for The Irish Times, as: “An in-depth radio documentary which explores the impact of eating disorders and helps demystify many aspects of the illness.”
Student awards judge Carl O’Brien added: “It also blends powerful human interest stories with insights from experts.
“Importantly, the documentary highlights pathways to recovery and presents a realistic picture of this journey, with all its ups and downs. A powerful and insightful piece of journalism.”
Headline runs the award in an effort to raise awareness among media students of the issues involved when reporting on mental health and suicide, and to recognise the good work being produced by students across the country.
As Ireland’s national media monitoring programme, Headline works to promote responsible and accurate coverage of mental health and suicide-related issues within the Irish media.