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The Rosalynn Carter Fellowships For Mental Health Journalism 2007-2008

Molly Knight Raskin
Freelance Journalist
Washington, DC

TOPIC: Write a series of feature-length articles on borderline personality disorder to give a general understanding of the illness as well as highlight recent breakthroughs in treatment.

When Passion is the Enemy
People with borderline personality disorder endure emotional extremes that can rip apart their lives. Four years ago Amanda Wang, then 27 years old, was at a rehearsal dinner for a close friend. At the start of the evening, she felt content, eager to enjoy the wedding ­festivities.

Cry For Help
Behind the acts of violence and rage of both the Virginia Tech and Columbine shootings is a larger issue of mental illness in teens that is rarely addressed. For instance: The rate of teenage suicide has tripled over the last 60 years –28 teenagers a week now die by suicide.

Where We Stand: America's Schools in the 21st Century
In 1995, America's college graduation rate was first in the world. Ten years later, it ranked 15th. As so many nations around the world continue to improve their systems of education, America can no longer afford to maintain the status quo.

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