Friday, November 11, 2011

First Media and Mental Illness Awards A Success

NAMI Southwestern Pennsylvania was pleased to join the Entertainment Industries Council (EIC) and Staunton Farm Foundation for the first-ever Media and Mental Illness Awards last night at the Sheraton Station Square in Pittsburgh.

Hosted by Susan Brozeck Scott, regional director of EIC, the awards ceremony honored regional journalists who reported accurately and responsibly on mental health topics.

And the winners are...

Television News - Program Length
Losing Lambert: A Journey Through Survival and Hope
Producers David Solomon and Paul Ruggieri of WQED Multimedia

Television Community Affairs Program
Long Road Home
Producers David Solomon and Paul Ruggieri of WQED Multimedia

Television News Series
The Impact of Mental Illness in Pittsburgh and the Hope of Recovery
WTAE-TV's Michelle Wright, Mike Lazorko, Tim Lohle and Terry Connell

Television News Segment
Doctor: Pittsburgh Police Murder Suspect Doesn't Seem Insane
Paul Van Osdol, WTAE-TV

Internet News Story
A Soldiers Heart - Part 3 (PTSD)
Andrew Rush, Michael A. Fuoco and Rebecca Droke of Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Does Summer Make You Depressed
John Shumway and Larry Richert of KDKA Radio

Moving Beyond Mayview
Sean Hamill, Pittsburgh Quarterly

Newspaper Story
Millions of us Have Mental Illness; You Are Not Alone
Tony Tye, Pittsburgh Post Gazette

Outstanding Achievement
Mayview State Hospital: Last Reminder of a Lost Era Closes Parts 1 and 2
Joe Fahy and Dennis Roddy, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The late Joe Fahy, writer for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, was also recognized for his outstanding achievements and contributions to the industry. Joe covered many mental health issues and was a friend of NAMI. A well respected journalist, Joe lost his battle with cancer nearly three years ago. His son drove from New York to accept the award on his dad's behalf.

NAMI would like to extend its heartfelt congratulations to all of the winners, as well as the other distinguished nominees. We know the impact the media can have on the public's perception of mental illness, and we are grateful to have worked with many of you in the past few years. Thank you for all of your efforts to portray mental illness accurately in the news.

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