Austen Riggs Erikson Prize for Excellence in Mental Health Media
Recognizing a select group of media professionals, including journalists, writers, and others who create exemplary work that contributes to a deeper understanding of and greater public awareness about mental health issues.
The news of the day is infused with issues that affect mental health–social justice, climate change, strength and resilience in the face of COVID-19, access to healthcare, or any number of other topics. We want to recognize the very best work with our media prize.
The prize carries an award of $3,000 and will be presented at an event where the honoree (or honorees) are invited to speak about their work.
The prize is juried by a committee of Riggs clinicians and Trustees who will consider the work of candidates nominated by their peers as well as unsolicited nominations.
To be eligible, work must have been written in English, intended for the layperson, and must have been first published/released after April 1, 2021. The deadline for 2022 submissions has passed.
Entries published in any of the following categories are eligible:
Newspapers and newspaper websites
Magazines and magazine websites
Online-only news publications
Network and nationally distributed cable programs
Small, medium and major market television stations
Local and national radio
Commentary and Opinion
Longform Reporting (series or lengthy articles or broadcasts)
Past Media Prize Recipients
Below is a list of prize recipients by year.
Margie Friedman and Barbara Multer-Wellin received the 2021 prize for their documentary, Orchestrating Change.