2014 Erikson Institute Prize for Excellence in Mental Health Media Recipients Named



Stockbridge, MA – June 18, 2014 -  The 2014 Erikson Institute Prize for Excellence in Mental Health Media is awarded annually to writers, reporters, producers, or editors who have made major contributions to public understanding of mental health issues. The Erikson Institute of the Austen Riggs Center is pleased to announce that the 2014 recipients are: National Book Award winner and Pulitzer Prize finalist, Andrew Solomon; editor of The Atlantic magazine and New York Times bestselling author, Scott Stossel; and investigative reporter on staff at The Washington Post and author, David Finkel.

The Erikson Prize Media Colloquy, honoring the Erikson Institute Prize recipients, will be held on Saturday, August 16, 2014 from 1:00-4:00pm at the Austen Riggs Center in Stockbridge, MA. It is at this very special event that the public can hear the award recipients provide an informal presentation of their work – what they do, how they do it and what they have learned about mental health issues and the media. Seating will be limited, so pre-registration is strongly suggested. 

Director of the Erikson Institute, Jane G. Tillman, PhD stated, "The winners if this year's prize are all distinguished journalists who write compelling and personal stories about the psychological challenges of both ordinary and extraordinary human experience."  

For more information on the recipients and the Erikson Prize Media Colloquy event, please visit: www.austenriggs.org/event/media-colloquy.

About the Erikson Institute Prize Recipients

Andrew Solomon’s most recent book, Far From The Tree, explores the relationship between parents and their exceptional children. Named one of the ten best books of 2012 by the New York Times, it also won the National Book Critics Circle Award. He is also the author of The Noonday Demon, which won the National Book Award in 2001, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, and was named by the Times of London as one of the hundred best books of the decade.

Scott Stossel is the editor of The Atlantic magazine and the author of the New York Times bestseller My Age of Anxiety: Fear, Hope, Dread and the Search for Peace of Mind, which The New York Times called “ambitious and bravely intimate: a ruminative book that often breaks into a thrilling intellectual chase.” He is also the author of Sarge: The Life and Times of Sargent Shriver.

David Finkel, investigative reporter on staff at The Washington Post, is the author of The Good Soldiers, a chronicle of the 15-month deployment of the Second Battalion, 16th Infantry Regiment to Baghdad in the Iraq War, which the New York Times called “a post-heroic ‘Iliad’ for the Iraq war” and Thank You For Your Service, which follows some members of the same regiment, as well as family members and caretakers, as they navigate home life in the midst of grievous psychological wounds.

About the Erikson Institute

The Erikson Institute at the Austen Riggs Center promotes education and research in psychodynamic thought and treatment, by working to generate new knowledge in partnership with a range of disciplines, and by bringing a clinically informed, psychosocial perspective to societal problems.

About the Austen Riggs Center

Austen Riggs Center, a leading psychiatric hospital and residential treatment program, has been serving adults since 1919.  Within a completely open setting, patients are provided immersion in an intensive treatment milieu that emphasizes respectful engagement.  Individual, four times/weekly, psychodynamic psychotherapy is provided by doctors on staff.