Austen Riggs Erikson Prize for Excellence in Mental Health Media
This prize recognized a select group of media professionals, including journalists, writers, and others who created exemplary work that contributed to a deeper understanding of and greater public awareness about mental health issues.
The Austen Riggs Erikson Prize for Excellence in Mental Health Media will be on hiatus in 2024; there will be no prize awarded in 2024.
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 carried an award of $3,000 and was presented at an event where the honoree (or honorees) were invited to speak about their work.
The prize was juried by a committee of Riggs clinicians and Trustees who considered the work of candidates nominated by their peers as well as unsolicited nominations.
To be eligible, work must have been written in English and intended for the layperson. The deadline for 2023 submissions has past and the prize will be on hiatus in 2024.
Entries published in any of the following categories were 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
Independent productions and films
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.
Patrick Sammon and Bennett Singer received the 2022 prize for their acclaimed documentary CURED.
Margie Friedman and Barbara Multer-Wellin received the 2021 prize for their documentary, Orchestrating Change.