In a couple months, the 15th Annual PRISM Awards will honor a new group of nominees and the entertainment professionals who have dedicated themselves to accurately depicting health and social issues in their field.
This past year there has been an increase in awareness of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder affecting our soldiers. It is a very real threat to our beloved military men and women, and it is not one that is going to disappear any time soon. The National Center for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder estimates that for every 100 veterans of the Afghanistan War (Operation: Enduring Freedom), 6-11 of these courageous service men and women are living with PTSD, and for every 100 veterans of the Iraq War (Operation: Iraqi Freedom), the same is true for 12-20 of these men and women. Our creative community’s role to accurately tell stories about PTSD is paramount to deterring stigma from reeling out of control.
Kevin McKidd’s (Grey’s Anatomy) performance as a doctor returning from the Middle East suffering from severe PTSD earned him the PRISM Award for “Performance in a Drama Series Multi-Episode Storyline” last year through his authentic portrayal. McKidd was able to foster the understanding of millions of Americans about a very real threat to our military men and women. Not only could the country identify with him as a character on our television screen, but suddenly Dr. Hunt became the face of our loved ones fighting for our safety and sacrificing their personal health and well-being for our own security. The writers hit a bull’s eye, thus the episodes comprising the storyline were also nominated!
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