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 Mental Health in Southwestern Pennsylvania

Suggestions for Media Coverage:

Promote the idea that there is no good health without good mental health; the integration of body and mind.


  • Schools and the medical community together, should promote the concept of overall wellness as including both mental and physical health. If your story includes schools or medical communities, consider integrating mental illness into the regular promotion of physical wellness by teaching individuals how to identify the signs of mental illness and where to go for help.
  • Mental illness is not just psychological, it is a physical condition that can be linked back to the function of brain systems; just as hypertension is linked back to the functioning of the cardiac system. When covering mental illness in your stories remember to portray it as you would any other physical condition and the treatment of mental illness as a step to overall health.
  • Remember to include that there many effective treatments for mental illness and most people with mental health problems can be helped with professional intervention. As with all illnesses it is important to reduce uncertainty about treatment in order to encourage your audience to seek it out, consider ways to include professional interventions and methods of treatment into your stories about mental health.
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A Highlight from Last Year's Media & Mental Health Awards 

Long Road Home, David Solomon and Paul Ruggieri, WQED Multimedia
Television Community Affairs Program Winner
for accurate reporting on behavioral health issues

When Tony Canzonieri returned from his tour of duty in Iraq, he struggled with nightmares, flashbacks and alcohol. His marriage fell apart. He lost his job. But once Tony acknowledged the symptoms and was treated for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), his healing began and his life changed. 

A 2008 RAND Corp. study estimates that nearly 20 percent of all military members who returned from Iraq and Afghanistan reported symptoms of PTSD or major depression, yet only about half went for treatment. As Tony and other Iraq War veterans are finding out, many others have gone before them. The documentary also includes the compelling stories of veterans who served in Vietnam, Korea and World War II - yet still feel the emotional wounds of war.

As America addresses the PTSD issue, there are successful therapies now, and promising research into future treatment - as viewers will see in a segment that focuses on a unique study at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center where doctors are exploring the sleep and brain patterns of veterans who are coping with PTSD.

Long Road home is brought to you by WQED's Emmy Award winning team of writer/producer David Solomon and photographer/editor Paul Ruggieri, narration by Michael Bartley, with funding from The Staunton Farm Foundation

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The  2012
Media & Mental Health Awards

The 2
nd Annual
Media & Mental Health Awards ceremony will be held in early November 2012.

Stay tuned for more information on submitting your stories!

 Portions of this newsletter adapted from
Picture This: Mental Health
in Pittsburgh

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