Winner 1985

Breakdown and Back

Marjorie VanHaltern

Mental illness is an affliction that affects many and frightens most. Breakdown and Back takes the listener on a journey inside the world of mental illness, providing needed information and allowing the listener to experience something of the terror of a mental breakdown. This three-part radio series, independently produced by Marjorie VanHalteren, with Jay Allison and Lou Giansante, has been heard on more than 50 radio stations. The programs have provided an excellent tool for professionals in the field of mental illness and a stunning experience for all listeners in the highest traditions of radio drama. For an excellent example of how radio can serve the public, a Peabody Award to Breakdown and Back.