June 22, 2007
At its 2007 national convention in San Diego this week, NAMI presented its 2007 Outstanding Media Awards.
Every year, NAMI is proud to honor editors, reporters, writers, directors, and actors in news, entertainment, and other media who "get it right" in addressing mental illness and related issues.
Measured by accuracy, fairness, and compassion, these professionals' work made significant contributions to public education and the elimination of stigma in 2006.
This year's awards were presented in the categories of advocacy, editorial writing, news reporting, investigative reporting, feature writing, and dramatic motion picture.
The award for dramatic motion picture was presented in conjunction with a special screening of the award winner "Canvas". Awards in other categories were presented during NAMI's annual business meeting.
Crazy: A Father's Search Through America's Mental Health Madness
by Pete Earley
Published by G.P. Putnam's Sons; finalist for 2007 Pulitzer Prize
Raleigh News and Observer
For sustained support of mental healthcare services and reforms:
The Wall Street Journal, Gary Fields
Focusing on mental illness and criminal justice
The Hartford Courant, Lisa Chedekel and Matthew Kauffman
Four-part series on soldiers being sent to front-lines taking psychiatric medication without counseling or monitoring and troops diagnosed with PTSD being sent back into combat. Finalist for 2007 Pulitzer Prize.
Dallas Morning News, James M. O'Neill
Eight-part series, “Rosie’s Journey,” the story of Rosie Sims, who lived with schizophrenia for 30 years. In the end, a loving family and an inadequate mental health system couldn’t save her.
Kansas City Star, Eric Adler
Four–part series, “Mending Marcus” about a 6-year-old boy with severe mental illness
Dramatic Motion Picture:
Canvas, directed by Joseph Greco; starring Marcia Gay Harden, Joe Pantoliano, and Devon Gearhart