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The Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism 2017-2018

Peter Baker headshotPeter C. Baker (USA)

Freelancer, Contributing Editor
Pacific Standard Magazine

Topic: Illuminate the mental health costs of the ongoing Illinois budget stalemate and the difficult work of Illinoisans who have tried to stanch the damage.

How health insurers, big pharma, and slanted science are ruining good mental health car
The veteran psychotherapist Enrico Gnaulati is scared for the health of his profession. In Saving Talk Therapy, he makes the case that in-depth, long-term, interpersonal psychotherapy remains one of the best tools for alleviating emotional suffering, helping people flourish, and reducing overall medical spending.

There's a name for that: Dementia Worry
Americans are terrified of dementia. As we live longer, more of us are developing the disease, or seeing loved ones, friends, celebrities, and movie characters struggle with it. Until recently, dementia was the country's second most intense medical fear, but recent polls show that fear rising—even, in at least one survey, taking the No. 1 spot.

In a room, listening to Phil Elverum sing about his wife's death
In interviews, Elverum has mentioned feeling both unable to sing certain songs from his new album and fundamentally disconnected from everything he wrote before.

Working through the sadness of Daniel Johnston's last-for now-tour
An image from “The Devil and Daniel Johnston,” Jeff Feuerzeig's documentary, from 2005, about the artist's life, artistic output, and struggles with mental illness.

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