esperanza Magazine Receives Mental Health America Media Award at Washington, DC Conference

Jun 18, 2010, 10:30 ET from esperanza Magazine

BUFFALO, N.Y., June 18 /PRNewswire/ -- esperanza Magazine's feature article "Marriage Matters" has won a Mental Health America 2010 Media Award in the national magazine category.

esperanza Magazine was among 15 media outlets honored by MHA at an awards luncheon held June 12 during the advocacy organization's 2010 annual conference in Washington, DC.  The awards honor excellence in reporting and portrayals of mental health issues.

"Marriage Matters" appeared in the Summer 2009 issue of esperanza Magazine. Written by Sharon Anne Waldrop, the feature examined how couples are affected when one spouse has depression and what helps a marriage thrive under such conditions. The award-winning story can be read on esperanza's Web site,

According to esperanza Magazine publisher Joanne Doan, "We are absolutely thrilled to receive this recognition from Mental Health America and view it as validation that esperanza (Spanish for "hope") is helping to bring a message of understanding, support and hope to those with depression and anxiety disorders."

David L. Shern, PhD, president and CEO of Mental Health America, said the Media Awards "bring together the very best mental health stories in print and broadcast media."  As a 2010 MHA Media Award winner, esperanza Magazine was in the company of Glamour, Redbook, National Public Radio and PBS.

A volunteer panel of media professionals, including judges from The Washington Post and CBS News, selected the winning entries for their educational value, outstanding quality, comprehensiveness and creativity in addressing timely issues in mental health.

Mental Health America is the United States' oldest and largest nonprofit organization addressing all aspects of mental health and mental illness.

esperanza Magazine, the healthy living publication, was launched in the spring of 2008 to inform and inspire those living with depression and anxiety disorders. The quarterly magazine contains in-depth features on personalities, articles on cutting-edge issues, and down-to-earth coping suggestions. Additional information can be found at

esperanza Magazine's sister publication, bp (bipolar) Magazine, has been bringing a message of hope and harmony to those with bipolar disorder since 2004.  For more information visit bp Magazine's Website,

SOURCE esperanza Magazine