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 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. Attendance is welcome, but not required.

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 created in English, intended for the layperson, created by a living person, and must have been first published/released after April 1, 2019. 

Entries may be submitted online. Entries published in any of the following categories are eligible:

  • Books
  • 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)

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

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

The deadline for submissions is March 15, 2020.