"Informed journalists can have a significant impact on public understanding of mental health issues as they shape debate and trends with the words and pictures they convey. They influence their peers and stimulate discussion among the general public, and an informed public can reduce stigma and discrimination." Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter
Mental illnesses constitute some of the most serious, unrecognized, and under-reported health problems in the United States and around the world. As part of an international effort to reduce stigma and discrimination, The Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism provide stipends to journalists from the United States, Romania, and Colombia — and previously in South Africa, and New Zealand — to report on topics related to mental health or mental illnesses. The goals of the fellowships are to:
Ramin Talaie and Jocelyn Zuckerman discuss their project of reporting on mental health issues among Haitians in the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake.
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2013-2014 Fellowship Brochure