Beatrice Stern Media Award
High school English teacher, Field Manager for the Civil Aeronautics Administration and assistant to famed architect Richard Neutra, the late Beatrice Stern dedicated much of her life to making the world a better place. Of all her good service to the Los Angeles community, she contributed the most to mental health, a need she understood all too well having lost family members to suicide.
Bea’s best friend, Didi Hirsch, introduced her to the Board of what was then the Los Angeles Psychiatric Service, and her devotion to mental health increased significantly following her dear friend’s death in 1975. As Director Emeritus and Board Member of Didi Hirsch for nearly 40 years, Bea played a pivotal role, together with her late husband Alfred, in the creation and development of Didi Hirsch. She was a driving force behind the annual Erasing the Stigma Leadership Awards and served as Chair for nearly 10 years. Her vision and boundless energy and enthusiasm were instrumental in the success of the Awards and her leadership as a Board Member helped guide Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services through the years.
In 2007, the Beatrice Stern Media Award was created and funded by the Stern Family to recognize those special individuals who have chosen to help erase the stigma of mental illness in the media. In that same year, the annual Beatrice Stern Intern Scholarship award was inaugurated recognizing deserving students showing passion and dedication to the field of mental health. Beatrice Stern's legacy as a leading advocate in the battle to recognize the importance of mental health within society will be greatly missed.