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Join a Conversation with Prize-Winning Journalists About the Coverage of Mental Health Issues in the Media

From movies about PTSD and articles about military suicides rates, to the online and broadcast media reports on violence in schools and portrayals of killers and child abductors making headlines, the media shapes the public’s understanding of mental health issues. 

The Erikson Institute’s Prize for Excellence in Mental Health Media features esteemed contributors who have brought nuance, compassion and journalistic rigor to the coverage of mental health issues in the media.

Join us as we hear presentations from this year’s winners: Jon Alpert, a 15 time Emmy Award winner; Ellen Goosenberg Kent, co-director (with Jon Alpert) of the documentary War-Torn – a film about post-traumatic stress; Rachel Aviv, a staff writer at The New Yorker who often writes about socially marginalized populations and entanglements between psychiatry and the legal system; and Nick Flynn, author whose work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Paris Review and The New York Times Book Review.

The Prize Winners will present their work – what they do, their processes and what they have learned about mental health issues in the media. Following the presentations, the audience will join the discussion where we hope to stimulate a conversation on reporting on mental health and stigma, the challenges of reporting on trauma and how journalists think about the range of clinical perspectives that press for public discussion. 

We hope you can join us on August 17 for a fascinating look behind the cameras and headlines of mental health topics.   The program starts on Saturday morning August 17 with a showing of the documentary War Torn followed by a discussion with the producers.  Lunch will be provided, and in the afternoon we will hear from Rachel Aviv and Nick Flynn, with time for audience questions and participation.  The cost is $15.00 and we ask that you pre-register for the event.  We hope to see you here.

 

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