Katherine Stone and Postpartum Progress Win Major Media Award from Mental Health America!

It is so exciting to announce this news which brings additional attention and validation to the issue of perinatal mental health and to an individual who has never waivered in her support of women coping with postpartum mood and anxiety disorders.

Katherine Stone, who has been faithfully blogging about PMAD’s for years and whose website is now the most widely read resource on this issue – in the world – has most deservedly won a media award from Mental Health America!! This is a major award with co-honorees coming from national news organizations and broadcast networks!

Katherine will travel to Washington DC this weekend with her proud family to accept this honor which means so much to all of us! From the press release,

Mental Health America Announces
16 Winners of 2011 Media Awards for Excellence in Coverage, Portrayals of Mental Health Issues

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (June 2, 2011)-Mental Health America today announced 16 winners of 2011 Media Awards for outstanding coverage and portrayals of mental health issues during the previous year.

The awards will be presented at a luncheon on Saturday, June 11, during Mental Health America’s Annual Conference, being held at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.

“The Media Awards bring together the very best mental health stories in print and broadcast media during 2010,” said David L. Shern, Ph.D., president and CEO of Mental Health America “Informative and thought-provoking journalism is a powerful form of education and we applaud these journalists for helping shape public understanding of these critical issues.”

A volunteer judging panel of media professionals selected the winning entries for their educational value, outstanding quality, comprehensiveness and creativity in addressing timely issues in mental health. Members of this year’s panel were: Therese Borchard, PsychCentral.com; Lisa Esposito, Health Behavior News Service; Kim Painter, USA Today; Nancy Szokan, The Washington Post; and Mike Walter, Walter Media.

Katherine won in the category of Blogs for her piece “The Six stages of Postpartum Depression”. Please join me in congratulating her on this stellar achievement!

Mental Health America (www.mentalhealthamerica.net) is the nation’s largest and oldest community-based network dedicated to helping all Americans achieve wellness by living mentally healthier lives. With our more than 300 affiliates across the country, we touch the lives of millions-Advocating for changes in mental health and wellness policy; Educating the public & providing critical information; & delivering urgently needed mental health and wellness Programs and Services.


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