Sarah Boseley, the Guardian’s health editor, won the Mind Journalist of the Year Award yesterday for her “excellent investigative journalism” probing the psychiatric drug industry. The three judges, who are all former winners, unanimously chose her from a shortlist of 10.
“Sarah Boseley’s investigations exclusively brought concerns about how psychiatric science risks being compromised by the big bucks of pharmaceutical firms into the public domain and also highlighted a sinister side to Prozac-related drugs,” said judge Adam James at a London ceremony hosted by Melvyn Bragg, president of the mental health charity Mind.
“Sarah’s report on the events surrounding British psychiatrist David Healy’s withdrawal of a high-profile clinical post in Canada, after he gave a speech outlining research on how Prozac may lead some to suicide, was breathtakingly powerful – investigative journalism at its best.”
Three other Guardian writers, Charlotte Raven, Catherine Jackson and Sophie Petit-Zeman, were also shortlisted, as was Jay Rayner of the Observer. Aidan Radnedge of the Croydon Advertiser was runner-up.
The Mind Book of the Year award, which was judged by Fay Weldon, Blake Morrison and Michele Roberts, went to Andrew Solomon for his much-praised work The Noonday Demon: An Anatomy of Depression. The Bigot of the Year award went to Nigel Nelson of the Sunday People for a story about the Mental Health Act headlined “200 vicious attacks by psychos we let free”.