The Ohio Psychiatric Physicians Foundation (OPPF) awarded its 2013 Enlightenment Award to The Columbus Dispatch – for The “Mental Hell” series written by Alan Johnson and Catherine Candisky and published on the front page from Sunday, May 26, 2013, through Tuesday, May 28. The award selection committee stated “through a series of high profile pieces the journalists presented a sensible treatment of mental illness that was not gratuitous or sensational. Free of stigmatizing rhetoric, it challenged the status quo."
The Enlightenment Award recognizes outstanding activity or presentations which enhance the public’s understanding of mental disorders or decreases the stigma often associated with mental illness. Selected by judging committees of psychiatrists, the award encourages nominations of individuals, organizations, government entities, media (newspaper, radio or TV station or internet-based communication) or a form of art. Alan Johnson from the Columbus Dispatch accepted the award on behalf of the newspaper at the Ohio Psychiatric Physician Association (OPPA) Annual Psychiatric Update on March 16, 2014.
Nominations for 2014 are now being accepted. Nominations will be accepted from individuals or organizations and must be received no later than Jan. 15, 2015. For more information please visit the foundation website.