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Stephanie McCrummen - Erikson Institute Prize for Excellence in Mental Health Media Winner
On Saturday, June 27, from 1:00-4:00pm, the Erikson Institute of the Austen Riggs Center honors this year’s three recipients of the Erikson Institute Prize for Excellence in Mental Health Media at a Media Colloquy. The 2015 recipients are:
- Alison Bechdel: Eisner Award winner, MacArthur “genius” grant recipient and author of the graphic memoir, Fun Home, the Broadway adaptation of which was shortlisted for the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, earned 12 Tony Award nominations and won five Tony Awards, including Best Musical.
- Stephanie McCrummen: reporter at The Washington Post whose features on mental illness and other subjects have included a profile of a Virginia state senator whose son attacked him with a knife and then committed suicide.
- William Todd Schultz, PhD: psychologist and scholar who is a leading writer and editor of psychobiography. He has written about photographer Diane Arbus, writer Truman Capote and musician Elliot Smith among others.
This week, we will take a closer look at Stephanie McCrummen.
McCrummen is a reporter on the national enterprise team at The Washington Post, where she writes on mental illness, among other subjects (www.washingtonpost.com/people/stephanie-mccrummen). Her features have included a profile of a Virginia state senator whose son attacked him with a knife and then committed suicide. She also chronicled the nearly three-year journey of a man with severe mental illness who sequestered himself in his house and would not leave, to the agony of his family. Previously, she was The Washington Post’s East Africa bureau chief, based in Nairobi, Kenya. She has also reported from Iraq, Egypt, Mexico and the Virginia suburbs.
Recent articles on mental illness by Stephanie McCrummen include:
“In transition to independent living, the ‘dignity of risk’ for the mentally ill,” a chronicle of the daily life of a mentally ill man who was given the opportunity to live on his own as part of a 2012 settlement between the Justice Department and the state of North Carolina. North Carolina has agreed to move at least 3,000 people with serious mental illnesses into independent living by 2020.
“A father’s scars: For Va.’s Creigh Deeds, tragedy brings unending questions,” the story of a Virginia State Senator whose son, who had been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, attacked him with a knife before killing himself.
“Behind the yellow door, a man’s mental illness worsens,” about a man diagnosed with “a schizoaffective disorder, depressive type with persecutory delusions,” who in two years has not spoken to anyone for more than a few minutes, or let anyone beyond his front door.
The Erikson Institute is delighted to honor Stephanie McCrummen with the 2015 Erikson Institute Prize for Excellence in Mental Health Media.
For more information on the Media Colloquy, please visit: www.austenriggs.org/2015-Erikson-Prize. Continuing education credits offered to mental health professionals. This event is free and open to the public. Seating is limited; advance registration is recommended. To register, please call  931.5230 or email: email@example.com.