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TheMHS Media Awards for 2016

TheMHS Media Award Winners 2015Online Submission is now open.

Promoting and rewarding excellence and accuracy of media coverage about mental health.

With the financial support of the Australian and New Zealand governments, we are pleased to seek entries from Australia and New Zealand for entries in 2 Media Award Categories.

Entries should reflect non-stigmatising attitudes towards mental health and be constructive in supporting the understanding of mental health matters.

Entry submission available at the end of ‘Application Instructions’ page. Please read ‘Rules and Scoring’ and  ‘Application Instructions’ before preparing your entry.

Deadline for entries has been extended to Wednesday 4 May 2016.

2016 Award Categories 

Text Journalism Award

Chris Barton

For an article or series of articles on topics related to mental health or mental illness. This includes newspaper and magazine articles, online articles and blogs.

Photo: 2015 Text Journalism Winner: Chris Barton, NZ



Vision/Sound Journalism Award

Karina Holden, Kay Patterson and Jenni Wilks

For a program, program segment or series of programs/segments relating to mental health or mental illness (including television drama). The entry must be ‘broadcast’ either on radio, TV or online. Material prepared for conferences/workshops should be submitted in a category within the Service Awards.

Photo: 2015 Sound/ Vision Journalism Winner: Changing Minds: The Inside Story, L to R Karina Holden, Kay Patterson (Presenter) and Jenni Wilks.

Special Media Journalism Award

Stacey Knott

Danielle Grindlay

Selected from the above two categories and awarded at the discretion of the judging panels, this award is for an entry with an outstanding regional/rural/community or other focus. It is usually awarded to the work of journalists from media outlets with a relatively smaller distribution than the national media.

Photos: 2015 Special Journalism Joint Winners: Stacey Knott, NZ  AND Danielle Grindlay, SA 


Award Details

The aim of the Media Awards is to encourage accurate and sensitive media coverage about mental health. Entries should reflect non-stigmatising attitudes towards mental health and not just dwell on illness.

The time frame for an award entry is 13 months prior to closing date, i.e. 1 April 2015 to 27 April 2016. 

Highly commended entries receive a Letter of Commendation. These are not presented on stage but will be listed in the Awards booklet.

The Award presentation will be part of TheMHS Conference Opening Ceremony on Wednesday 24th August 2016 in Auckland, New Zealand.

As of 1 March 2016, due to changes in funding arrangements, the winners in each category will receive*:

  • A4 Display Certificate
  • TheMHS Media Awards framable certificate
  • Complimentary one day conference registration
  • Financial support to attend the 2016 TheMHS Conference in Auckland, New Zealand (travel/accommodation/ per diem)
      • Economy airfares to and from the host city (booking as agreed by TheMHS). Travel within Australia and/or New Zealand only.
      • Accommodation for 2 nights (booking as agreed by TheMHS)
      • Per diem of $250 towards expenses during conference attendance
  • Dedicated Media Profile Panel session at TheMHS Conference
      • Take part in a showcase of Award winners in a dedicated panel session within the conference program.
  • Recognition on TheMHS Learning Network website, Conference e-Book of Proceedings, TheMHS Awards booklet and the Online Resource Collection
  • If the Award winner is unable to attend the Auckland conference, consideration may be given to transfer some of the above prize benefits to TheMHS Summer Forum in Sydney, 23-24 February 2017.

*Contingent on funding
* Prize benefits are non-transferable

In the event of joint winners the prizes may be shared.

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When reporting on a mental health story, please be mindful of recommended journalistic practices especially regarding the reporting of suicide. Refer to the Mindframe guidelines for Australia, and the Suicide Prevention and Like Minds, Like Mine websites for New Zealand.

Additional useful background information is available on the Associated Press website.


Past Award Winners

Visit our Awards Archive to see the past Media Award Winners.