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The Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism 1998-1999

Stephen Smith

Chief Correspondent
American Radio Works
Minnesota Public Radio
St. Paul, Minnesota

Topic: Challenges people with mental illnesses face as they strive to stay employed and in school

Published Work:

Outsourcing Compassion--Part 1
Brenda DeStephano was just arriving at her office at the World Financial Center on September 11, 2001, when the first airplane hit the World Trade Center. Debris rained down on her where she was standing in the plaza.

Outsourcing Compassion--Part 2
When Herbert heard about throngs of therapists rushing to debrief New Yorkers after 9/11, he quickly organized 19 of the world's top researchers on trauma to publish a letter in the American Psychological Association's Monitor magazine.

Circuitry of Fear
Twenty people gather around a conference room table in midtown, Manhattan. Though it's been years since the World Trade Center attacks, the people in this room are still suffering.

Depression Treatments Move Beyond Electro-Shock
Electro-shock therapy is still considered the most effective treatment for severe depression, but researchers have begun experimenting with new ways to use electricity.

Tsunami-Hit Countries Attempt to Ensure Counseling for Survivors
Efforts are underway to ensure counseling for those affected by the tsunami disaster, but researchers say many victims will recover on their own in time. Stephen Smith of American RadioWorks reports.

Effect of the Americans With Disabilities Act on Those Workers with Mental Disorders
Ten years ago this week, Congress passed the Americans with Disabilities Act, or ADA. The law prohibits employers from discriminating against workers based on their physical or mental disabilities.

Jailing the Mentally Ill
In 1880, the United States Census said 99% of the nation's 'insane persons' lived at home or in asylums. Only a few hundred were in jail.

Rebuilding Biloxi
American RadioWorks presents an intimate portrait of several families struggling to rebuild their lives in Biloxi, and a city trying to reclaim itself.

Deadly Decisions
Jury service can be extremely stressful, even traumatic. In the 38 states that have the death penalty, jurors who reach a guilty verdict must also decide if the defendant will live or die. Jurors will frequently shift responsibility to the defendant, the appeals process, the judge or the law itself.

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