Austen Riggs Erikson Prize for Excellence in Mental Health Media

Austen Riggs Erikson Prize for Excellence in Mental Health Media

The Austen Riggs Erikson Prize for Excellence in Mental Health Media recognizes 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, 2020. Deadline for submissions is April 16, 2021. 

Entries may be submitted online. 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 
  • Independent productions 
  • Local and national radio 
  • Web-based productions 
  • Commentary and Opinion 
  • Longform Reporting (series or lengthy articles or broadcasts) 
  • Books 

You may also download the submission form and mail entries to:  

Austen Riggs Center 
Prize for Excellence in Mental Health Media 
c/o Aaron M. Beatty, Communications Officer  
25 Main Street 
Stockbridge, MA  01262 

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