From Austen Riggs Center Press Release:

Stockbridge, MA – October 3, 2019 –America is facing a growing crisis in mental health treatment, and one of the greatest forces to fight that crisis is raising public awareness through the media. On Friday, November 1, two outstanding works will be honored with the 2019 Austen Riggs Erikson Prize for Excellence in Mental Health Media. The recipients are:

  • Heavy: An American Memoir by Kiese Laymon
  • Mine 21, a documentary directed by Stephen L. Garrett; produced by Christopher McDonough; and featuring Kelsey Arbuckle and Alexa Fults

In speaking about the award winners, Medical Director/CEO Eric M. Plakun, MD, stated, ‘These are powerful works. Mr. Laymon’s memoir Heavy is compelling, honest, painful, and gritty; and Mine 21 artfully illustrates how a catastrophe can impact an entire community.’ ”

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