• PINEL wins award for Excellence in Mental Health Journalism at CMA’s 2014 Media Awards for Health Reporting

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    On September 30, 2014, director Hélène Magny was awarded the Canadian Medical Association’s Excellence in Mental Health Journalism award for her film Pinel at the 2014 Media Awards for Health Reporting, Canada’s premier health journalism awards. The CMA Media Awards honour outstanding Canadian journalism that enhances understanding of health, the health care system and the role of health professionals. Independent panels of individuals with backgrounds in journalism, medicine and health care evaluated the entries, selecting winners in 10 categories from over 100 submissions.

    Previously awarded a Media Excellence Award from the Association of Quebec Psychiatrists (AMPQ) in June 2014, Pinel tells the story of three men afflicted with mental illness who committed a violent crime. Hospitalized at Montreal’s Philippe Pinel Institute, a maximum-security institution specializing in the treatment of violent behavior linked to mental illness, the three mental patients struggle to overcome their illness and regain their freedom and place in society. A long and painful journey that was followed for over a year by filmmakers Hélène Magny and Pierre Mignault, who had exclusive and unprecedented access to the institution.