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The Rosalynn Carter Fellowships For Mental Health Journalism

"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:

  • Increase accurate reporting on mental health issues and decrease incorrect, stereotypical information
  • Help journalists produce high-quality work that reflects an understanding of mental health issues through exposure to well-established resources in the field
  • Develop a cadre of better-informed print and electronic journalists who will more accurately report information through newspapers, magazines, radio, television, film, and online and social media, influencing their peers to do the same.

Applications for the 2014-15 fellowship year should be submitted no later than Monday, April 14, 2014.

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Laura Starecheski
Laura Starecheski
2011-2012 Fellow
Radio Producer, State of the Re:Union
Bronx, N.Y.

"The Carter Fellowship gave me a great excuse to dig for mental health stories all across the United States.  At NPR's State of the Re:Union, we report hour-long radio documentaries about one place in America at a time, from Birmingham, Alabama to Laramie, Wyoming and many places in between.  My fellowship project focused specifically on mental health stories in rural America.  The goal was to track down leaders and innovators in small towns and far-flung counties.  I ended honing in on "peer services"– people with lived experience of mental illness or addiction supporting each other, informally or in a professional (employed) capacity." 
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