Reporter Sarah Ladd thanked her sources for helping her and others by sharing their mental health experiences.
The Kentucky Psychological Association has recognized Lantern reporter Sarah Ladd with its 2023 Mental Health in Media Award.
At a Friday awards ceremony in Lexington, the organization’s president Patti Weiter singled out the Lantern’s “Breaking the Stigma” series as an “impressive work of public service journalism.”
Ladd created the series in 2022 with the goal of helping to destigmatize conversations about mental health. Topics featured in the ongoing series have included borderline personality disorder (BPD), post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD).
Each story features someone who lives with the condition as well as insight from therapists who treat it.
Ladd thanked her series’ sources in her acceptance speech. “I couldn’t report on mental health if people didn’t tell me what it’s like to live with PTSD, what it’s like to live with borderline personality disorder,” Ladd said. “They’re … changing the world, and I’m just honored to be a part of their stories and getting their stories out in the world.”
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