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The Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism 2002-2003

Maura McDermott

Freelance Journalist
Bronx, New York

Topic: The gaps in access to health care among young adults ages 18 to 21 with mental illnesses

Published Work:

The Right Help, the Right Time
As a child, dark-haired, hazel-eyed Melanie Thomas had an ever-present best friend who was thin and pretty, with long, luxurious hair.

Psyching Out The Bronx: How a Pataki Plan Rips Off the Mentally Ill
Mary Marco, an elegant, soft-spoken woman, spends a lot of time on the grounds of the Bronx Psychiatric Center, but she doesn't have to. It's been nearly 20 years since the keeper of the hospital's gift shop called the wards home.

Mind and Copy
At the age of 43, Ira Minot became so incapacitated by depression he could hardly function. He needed help, and his girlfriend at the time had little sympathy.

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