Irish Examiner wins health award

THE Irish Examiner has collected another award for its investigation into suicide.

The 20-page investigation supplement on suicide and its Let’s Talk Suicide booklet, both of which were distributed with the newspaper, won the Best Health Communication Through Journalism category at the annual Crystal Clear MSD Health Literacy Awards.

“The Irish Examiner Let’s Talk Suicide booklet was a valuable contribution to responsible media coverage of what is a very important social issue in Ireland,” said Sandra Hogan, Aware communications manager.

Console founder Paul Kelly continued: “We highly commend the Irish Examiner in its publication of Let’s Talk Suicide and recognise its simple value and unique accessibility; undoubtedly, it will go a long way in raising much-needed awareness of suicide in Ireland, and perhaps in preventing the tragedy of suicide occurring again and again.”

Irish Examiner editor Tim Vaughan pointed out how the booklet had recently been reprinted in response to calls from various quarters involved in promoting greater understanding and knowledge of this issue in Irish society.

“This award is worthy recognition to all those who worked on the project as well as deserved recognition for all the parents and relatives who contributed their time so generously to make it an initiative that has obviously struck a chord and been helpful to so many people.

“The booklet is also testament to our continued commitment to highlighting the issues — no matter how difficult or challenging — that really matter to our society as a whole.”

At the Irish Healthcare Awards last October, the Irish Examiner picked up the best overall prize for the investigation and also collected the prize for the Best Public Health Initiative.

Irish Examiner journalist Fiachra Ó Cionnaith received one of the main accolades at the 2010 GlaxoSmithKline Medical Media Awards for his work on the supplement.

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