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The Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism 1999-2000

Liisa K. Hyvarinen

Tampa, FL
Website: www.silentscreams.tv

Topic: Suicide causes, and prevention and support resources

Published Work:

Women and Children First
"My baby reminds me of bad things but I love her. She is all I have." Olive Uwera, who lives in the Rwandan capital of Kigali, says she thinks women who are raped in the United States are lucky because usually they don't get AIDS and can still have more children.

One of the Hunted: Journalist Member of Persecuted Tutsis Survives Danger to Continue Reporting on Rwandan Atrocities.
'Every time I go to the memorial sites and see the skulls, I can't help myself. Every time I look at them, I cry because I remember my daughter, who was killed during the genocide. So maybe her skull is somewhere, but I don't know where.'

Journal: Rwanda Eight Years Later
During the 1994 genocide in Rwanda that left an estimated one million people dead and some 250,000 women raped and mutilated as part of the systematic effort to destroy Rwanda's ethnic Tutsi minority, I was a TV news producer in transition switching from one job to the next between Tennessee and South Carolina.

Responsible Media Coverage of Suicide (link no longer available)
Suicide is a subject that rarely gets covered in the media because many news outlets have policies that limit their coverage. These limits are based on the notion that publicizing suicide leads to more suicides. However, in his 1999 Call for Action to Prevent Suicide, US Surgeon General Dr. David Satcher, classified suicide as a national emergency. That alone makes suicide a legitimate news item for those covering health issues.

Off the Base (contributing writer)
This special presentation, Off the Base, is a multi-media project designed to build a bridge and give the civilian community a better understanding of military life for service members and their families. It includes radio reports, reaching most of central Florida, that air on WUSF 89.7 News, Tampa, FL.

Providing Hope on the Subject of Depression and Suicide: A Documentary Filmmaker's Personal Journey

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