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ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRIES COUNCIL ANNOUNCES NOMINEES FOR INAUGURAL MEDIA AND MENTAL HEALTH AWARDS
WQED Among Nominees to be Honored for Accurate Portrayal of Mental Health Issues in Local Media

ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRIES COUNCIL ANNOUNCES NOMINEES FOR INAUGURAL MEDIA AND MENTAL HEALTH AWARDS

WTAE-TV, WPXI-TV/PCNC, WQED, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Pittsburgh Quarterly, KDKA Radio Among Nominees to be Honored for Accurate Portrayal of Mental Health Issues in Local Media

PITTSBURGH, PA (October 26, 2011) – WTAE-TV, WPXI-TV/PCNC, WQED, Mercy Behavioral Health, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Pittsburgh Quarterly, and KDKA Radio are among the nominees for the Inaugural SWPA Media and Mental Health Awards. The SWPA Media and Mental Health Awards, which are produced by the Entertainment Industries Council, Inc. (EIC) in collaboration with the Staunton Farm Foundation, honor print, online, TV and radio media coverage that accurately report on and depict mental health issues a. This year’s ceremony, which is set for November 10, 2011, will take place at the Sheraton Station Square.

“This event is the culmination of two years of bridge-building in Southwestern Pennsylvania between the Pittsburgh media and mental health advocates,” said Susan Brozek Scott, Pittsburgh Regional Director for EIC. “It says to journalists that their work to produce high-quality, accurate stories about mental illness is truly valued and recognized. And it says to people in our communities who have a mental health diagnosis that our region is standing by you, we applaud your efforts in treatment and recovery, and we are fully committed to working together to remove barriers and celebrate hope.”

“Our work in SWPA to elevate media awareness about behavioral health in storytelling is serving as a national model that demonstrates the value in accuracy and reporting on health concerns,” said Brian Dyak, EIC President, CEO and Co-Founder. “The Media and Mental Health nominees should take great pride in the fact that their efforts are changing attitudes by facing the reality that many mental health challenges are surmountable.”

“The Staunton Farm Foundation is pleased to support and encourage accurate depictions in media about behavioral health issues that are often misunderstood by the public,” said Joni Schwager, Executive Director of the Staunton Farm Foundation. “The media is the cornerstone as to how the public gets much of its health information. Journalists, news writers, reporters, and entertainment producers are critical to helping the public better grasp the dimensions of mental illness and the hope that our families, coworkers, and communities can foster.”

WTAE-TV received five nominations across two categories, the most of any local electronic news outlet nominated in the Media and Mental Health Awards. In the TV News Series category, Michelle Wright, Mike Lazorko, Tim Lohle and Terry Connell are nominated for “The Impact of Mental Illness in Pittsburgh and the Hope of Recovery.” For the category TV News Segment, WTAE- TV’s nominated segments include: “Family Of Alleged Priest Abuse

Victim Rallies Against Lawsuit Dismissal,” “Pittsburgh Diocese Sued Over Alleged Abuse Victim’s Suicide,” “Jennifer’s Law Would Honor Greensburg Victim, Make Witnesses Report Crime,” and “Doctor: Pittsburgh Police Murder Suspect Doesn’t Seem Insane.”


WPXI-TV/PCNC received two nominations in the category TV Community Affairs Program for What’s On Your Mind? Managing Corporate America with Dr. Safdar Chaudhary and Brian Abzanka, and Night Talk with Ellis Cannon and Abzanka. WQED Multimedia also received a nomination in this category for David Solomon and Paul Ruggieri’s Long Road Home as well as a nomination for TV News – Program Length for Solomon and Ruggieri’s Losing Lambert: A Journey Through Survival and Hope.

Mercy Behavioral Health’s YouTube Channel has been nominated twice in the category of Internet News Story for “Part One: Four People Share Their Stories of Mental Illness, Recovery and Hope” and “Part Two: Three Families Discuss the Challenges and Joys of Children and Siblings with Intellectual Disabilities.” The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the Pittsburgh City Paper, and GuidetoGoodHealth.com all received nominations in this category as well. KDKA Radio is nominated for Does Summer Make You Depressed? by John Shumway and Larry Richert.

On the print side, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette received multiple nominations in the Newspaper Story category. The Post-Gazette is also nominated for an Outstanding Achievement award for its story, “Mayview State Hospital: Last Reminder of a Lost Era Closes,” by Dennis B. Roddy, Steve Mellon and, posthumously, Joe Fahy, while the Pittsburgh Quarterly is nominated for its “Moving Beyond Mayview” piece in the Magazine category.

The nominees for the Media and Mental Health Awards were selected by a committee of local Pittsburgh media professionals and experts from the fields of medicine and mental health. The honorees will be announced at the ceremony on November 10th. A complete list of nominees can be found below or at www.eiconline.org/eic-resources/swpa.

About Entertainment Industries Council
EIC, a non-profit organization, was founded in 1983 by leaders of the entertainment industry to bring the power of the industry to bear on communication about health and social issues. The organization is considered to be the chief pioneer of entertainment advocacy outreach and one of the premiere success stories in the field of entertainment education and information resources for entertainment creators, through innovative and time-proven services and methods of "encouraging the art of making a difference" from within the entertainment industry. EIC also produces the simulcast national television special PRISM Awards Showcase which addresses accurate portrayals of substance abuse and mental illness: prevention treatment and recovery.

EIC also addresses issues such as diabetes, ADHD, foster care, women's health, firearm safety and injury prevention, sun safety and skin cancer prevention, human trafficking, terrorism and homeland security, eating disorders and obesity, seat belt use and traffic safety, and HIV/AIDS prevention. It has also launched an initiative to increase the public profile and interest in science, engineering and technology. EIC’s web site is www.eiconline.org. The PRISM Awards web site is www.prismawards.com.

About the Staunton Farm Foundation
The Staunton Farm Foundation is an organization dedicated to supporting mental health treatment and service for children, teens, and adults suffering from mental disorder in Southwestern Pennsylvania. Originally founded in 1937 in accordance with the wishes expressed in Matilda Staunton Craig’s will, the foundation has expanded to include university and hospital out-patient clinics as well as the 10 counties that comprise the southwestern region of Pennsylvania. The Staunton Family Foundation remains committed to providing support for individuals suffering from mental health disorders and their families through its continuous support of systems and organizations developing enhanced behavioral health treatments.

Media Contact:
Larry Deutchman, 818-840-2016, ldeutch@eiconline.org
Skylar Zwick, 703-481-1414, szwick@eiconline.org

Media and Mental Health Awards Recognition Nominations List

TV News – Program Length:
Losing Lambert: A Journey Through Survival and Hope (WQED Multimedia)

TV Community Affairs Program:
Long Road Home (WQED)
What’s On Your Mind? Managing Corporate America (WPXI-TV/PCNC)
NightTalk (WPXI-TV/PCNC)

TV News Series:
The Impact of Mental Illness in Pittsburgh and the Hope of Recovery (WTAE-TV)

TV News Segment:
Family of Alleged Priest Abuse Victim Rallies Against Lawsuit Dismissal (WTAE-TV)
Pittsburgh Diocese Sued Over Alleged Abuse Victim’s Suicide (WTAE-TV)
Jennifer’s Law Would Honor Greensburg Victim, Make Witnesses Report Crime (WTAE-TV)
Doctor: Pittsburgh Police Murder Suspect Doesn’t Seem Insane (WTAE-TV)

Internet News Story:
A Soldier’s Heart: Part Three (PTSD) (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
When Your Child is Using Heroin: Help For Parents (GuideToGoodHealth.com)
On the Record with Indiana University of Pennsylvania Criminology Professor Rose Gido
(Pittsburgh City Paper)
Part One: Four People Share Their Stories of Mental Illness, Recovery and Hope (Mercy
Behavioral Health - YouTube Channel)
Part Two: Three Families Discuss Challenges and Joys of Children and Siblings with
Intellectual Disabilities (Mercy Behavioral Health – YouTube Channel)

Radio:
Does Summer Make You Depressed? (KDKA Radio)

Magazine
Moving Beyond Mayview (Pittsburgh Quarterly)

Newspaper Story
Local Dispatch: Cousin's struggles with mental illness provide her clarity (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
Mental health center emphasizes exercise (Leader Times)
Millions of us have mental illnesses; you are not alone (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
Professor knows bipolar disorder firsthand (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
Wounded warriors: Caregivers for wounded vets wait to get funds from VA (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

Outstanding Achievement
Mayview State Hospital: Last reminder of a lost era closes - Parts 1 and 2 (Pittsburgh Post Gazette)


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