This international initiative rewards organizations, individuals
or projects that have made an exceptional contribution in the
social or cultural field, in breaking the chains of stigma with
regard to mental illness.
On the 9th of October Robin Hammond, a
documentary photographer and filmmaker, has been selected as the
2014 winner of the Dr. Guislain "Breaking the Chains of Stigma"
Award for his striking photojournalism that exposes the
mistreatment of mentally ill people in African nations in crisis.
The Dr. Guislain Award program is a joint project of the Museum Dr.
Guislain and Janssen Research & Development, LLC. Janssen
provides financial and in-kind support for the program. The award
winner receives a $50,000 prize that must be used toward further
work to reduce societal stigma about mental health and disorders of
the brain. Hammond's body of work will be honored today at a
ceremony in New York City.
"The Dr. Guislain Award is proud to honor the work of advocates
like Mr. Hammond who have illuminated the fight against stigma
related to mental illness," said Siri Hustvedt, jury member of the
Dr. Guislain Award selection committee and internationally known
author of twelve books, including an account of her own
neurological illness. "Through the power of photography, Hammond
has raised crucial awareness of the challenges faced by people with
mental illness in countries were mental health care is
under-resourced or nonexistent."
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