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Entertainment Portrayals of Mental Health, Substance Abuse to be Recognized at PRISM Awards

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As the national dialogue surrounding mental health continues to evolve, Entertainment Industries Council (EIC) spotlights the power of entertainment and media to influence attitudes and behaviors through authentic portrayals.


The PRISM Awards, honoring the portrayal of mental health and substance abuse, including drug, alcohol, tobacco use and addiction, in TV shows, movies, music, DVD, and comic book entertainment, are presented annually by the Entertainment Industries Council, Inc. (EIC). The Nomination Review Committee (NRC), which consists of over 80 representatives of the entertainment industry and health fields, will meet at the end of this month to determine the nominees, according to President and CEO Brian Dyak.

“Based on the submissions received, entertainment creators produced more than 300 hours of national television, film, comic book and other media addressing all aspects of mental health and substance use, from prevention to treatment and recovery,” said Dyak.

The 18th annual PRISM Awards aims to strengthen the positive relationship between the entertainment industry and public interest sector.

“The portrayals reached a new level this year. Productions further expanded into multiple-episode storylines rather than these issues existing within only a single episode of a show, providing more in-depth exploration. These advancements are testimony to the increasing awareness of prevalent social and health issues and will make for a vibrant 18th Annual PRISM Awards program,” commented Larry Deutchman, Executive Vice President, Marketing and Industry Relations, EIC.

EIC continues to encourage the entertainment industry to raise awareness through detail and honesty.

“[EIC] is always there as a resource to the entertainment community and the reason that portrayals in film and television are becoming more accurate and more useful to the general public is because of organizations like EIC,” said Dr. Drew Pinsky, TV host and longtime PRISM Awards supporter.

Learn more about PRISM Awards and get updates ahead of nominee announcements at www.prismawards.com.

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