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The Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism 2005-2006

Marion Scher
Freelance Journalist
Johannesburg, South Africa
www.mediamentors.co.za

TOPIC: Compare the stigma attached to mental illnesses in both rural and urban areas and black and white communities in South Africa.

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How Lillian Beat Depression
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When Shyness Becomes a Pain
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More Than Just a Bad Day
We've all had days when even getting out of bed is a mission. But where does a bad day end and depression start?

Rosalynn Carter, the First Lady who Cared
At 78 years of age, most former First Ladies would certainly consider putting their feet up. Not the indefatigable Rosalynn Carter. Marion Scher has obtained a rare interview with this fascinating woman and discovers what fuels the burning passion she has to do work in the realm of mental health.

The ADHD Generation
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