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Liberia Expands Access to Mental Health Professionals and Services for Children and Adolescents

Twenty-one clinicians specializing in child and adolescent mental health graduated today in Kakata City, Liberia, from a training developed by The Carter Center’s Mental Health Program in partnership with the Liberia Ministry of Health, Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection. Learn More

Applications Being Accepted for 2017-18 Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism

Applications from U.S. residents are now being accepted for eight one-year journalism fellowships with the Carter Center's Mental Health Program. These fellowships aim to enhance public understanding of mental health issues and reduce stigma and discrimination against people with mental illnesses through balanced and accurate reporting. Learn More

32nd Annual Rosalynn Carter Symposium on Mental Health Policy Focuses on Shift Toward Integrated Care and Population Health

More than 140 health and corporate wellness leaders will come together Nov. 17-18 to discuss ways to improve mental health and well-being by addressing behavioral health within defined populations such as communities, organizations, and other groups. Learn More

Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism Program Welcomes Middle Eastern Journalists

For the first time, journalists from Middle Eastern countries will participate in the annual meeting of The Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism Program held at The Carter Center each year. Fellows from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Qatar join the 20th class of fellows in a journalism program which aims to reduce the stigma of those living with mental health conditions. Learn More

Children and Adolescents to Receive Additional Tailored Mental Health Services in Liberia

The Carter Center has partnered with the UBS Optimus Foundation to improve the well-being of vulnerable youth in Liberia by tailoring and strengthening the national mental health care system to address the unique needs of children and adolescents. Learn More

Documentary Screening “Requiem for a Running Back” at The Carter Center

The Carter Center’s Mental Health Program invites the media to a screening of the documentary “Requiem for a Running Back,” followed by a panel discussion and Q&A on the issues and stigma associated with the disease and the toll it takes on caregivers. Learn More

Carter Center Helps Liberia Provide Children and Adolescents with Mental Health Services

Twenty-one clinicians specializing in child and adolescent mental health graduated today in Monrovia, Liberia, from a training developed by The Carter Center’s Mental Health Program in partnership with the Liberia Ministry of Health, Ministry of Education, and the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection. Learn More

The Carter Center Awards 2016-2017 Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism

The Carter Center announced today the recipients of the 2016-2017 Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism. Selected from a pool of highly competitive applicants, the 20th annual class of fellows includes eight from the United States. Two fellowships also were awarded to journalists from Colombia. Learn More

The Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism Program Expands to Qatar

The Carter Center Mental Health Program has partnered with the Qatar Foundation’s World Innovation Summit for Health (WISH) global healthcare community initiative to develop and implement a Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism (RCJF) program in Qatar. The RCJF Qatar program will be the second mental health fellowship program for journalists in the Middle East. The first one began in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in May 2016. Learn More

Carter Center Mental Health Forum to Address Policy in Georgia and Children's Issues

New research about the needs of children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, will be discussed during the 21st annual Rosalynn Carter Georgia Mental Health Forum on May 20, 2016, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at The Carter Center in Atlanta. This event is open to the public, but registration is required. Learn More

The Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism Program Expands to the United Arab Emirates

The Carter Center Mental Health Program has partnered with the Al Jalila Foundation to develop and implement a United Arab Emirates (UAE) Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism (RCJF). This program will be the first mental health fellowship program for journalists in the Middle East. Learn More

Carter Center Names Dean Sienko as New Vice President for Health Programs

Dean G. Sienko, M.D., M.S., has been appointed vice president for health programs at The Carter Center, effective June 2016. Learn More

Applications Being Accepted for 2016-17 Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism

Applications from U.S. residents are now being accepted for six one-year journalism fellowships with the Carter Center's Mental Health Program. These fellowships aim to enhance public understanding of mental health issues and reduce stigma and discrimination against people with mental illnesses through balanced and accurate reporting. The deadline for applications is April 6, 2016, and the fellowship recipients will be announced July 11, 2016, on the Center's website, www.cartercenter.org. The 2016-2017 fellowship year begins in September 2016. Learn More

***MEDIA ADVISORY on 31st Annual Rosalynn Carter Symposium on Mental Health Policy "Help Wanted: Reshaping the Behavioral Health Workforce"***

Media are invited to cover the Nov. 12-13, 2015, 31st Annual Rosalynn Carter Symposium on Mental Health Policy. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) resulted in millions more people trying to access mental health and substance use services as one of the 10 essential health benefits included in all covered plans. Learn More

Carter Center Releases National Journalism Guide for Reporting on Behavioral Health

The Carter Center Mental Health Program today released "The Carter Center Journalism Resource Guide on Behavioral Health" to journalists, behavioral health and media experts, and guests during the three-day annual meeting of the Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism. Approximately 1 in 5 Americans aged 18 or older experienced a mental illness last year and 20.7 million adults (8.8%) had a substance use disorder. Learn More

Carter Center Helps Bolster Liberia's Mental Health Workforce Following Ebola Epidemic

The Carter Center's Mental Health Program in Liberia, in partnership with the Liberia Ministry of Health, has exceeded its goal of training 150 mental health clinicians by 2015, working largely in primary care clinics and hospitals across all 15 counties to provide much needed care. Learn More

The Carter Center Awards 2015-2016 Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism

The Carter Center announced today the recipients of the 2015-2016 Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism. Selected from a highly competitive and record number of applicants, the 19th annual class of fellows includes six from the United States. Two fellowships also were awarded from Colombia. (See below for a full list of fellows and their project topics.) Learn More

Applications Being Accepted for 2015-16 Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism

Applications from U.S. residents are now being accepted for six one-year journalism fellowships with the Carter Center's Mental Health Program. These fellowships aim to enhance public understanding of mental health issues and reduce stigma and discrimination against people with mental illnesses through balanced and accurate reporting. Learn More

Former U.S. First Lady Rosalynn Carter Congratulates Liberia's Minister of Health and Social Welfare for Improving Country's Mental Health Care Systems and Services

During the Carter Center's fourth annual Mental Health Liberia Program Review held this week in Atlanta, Georgia, former First Lady Rosalynn Carter congratulated former Liberia Minister of Health and Social Welfare Dr. Walter Gwenigale for his many contributions that have helped to increase access to care and services for those living with mental illnesses in Liberia. Learn More

Carter Center Mental Health Forum to Address Policy in Georgia and Children's Issues

New research about the needs of children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, will be released during the 20th annual Rosalynn Carter Georgia Mental Health Forum on May 15, 2015, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at The Carter Center in Atlanta. This event is open to the public, but registration is required. Learn More

Rosalynn Carter Georgia Mental Health Forum Focuses on Reducing the Stigma of Mental Illnesses

Fear of stigma and discrimination remains one of the biggest factors in preventing people from seeking treatment for mental illnesses. This problem is especially true for older children and young adults struggling with mental health issues who sense additional pressure to "fit in" with their peer group. Learn More

New Graduates Bring Number of Trained Mental Health Clinicians in Liberia to 144

The Carter Center's Mental Health Program in Liberia, in partnership with the Liberia Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, congratulates the newest class of 21 clinicians who have joined the effort to continue improving access to mental health services in Liberia. With the addition of these graduates, 144 mental health clinicians are now trained, working largely in primary care clinics and hospitals across all 15 counties to provide much needed care. Learn More

Ebola: World Bank and Liberia to Work with Japan to Launch a Psychological Support Project

The Liberian Government and the World Bank Group in partnership with the Government of Japan, today launched a new $3 million project to address the psychological effects of Liberia's Ebola crisis and to promote psychosocial health in the country. The ceremony was held at the World Bank Liberia Office. Learn More

Flomoku Appointed Chief of Party for Carter Center Liberia Office

The Carter Center has named Pewee Flomoku as the first Liberian chief of party for its office in Liberia, effective today. A veteran Liberian journalist, Flomoku will lead both general office operations and its Access to Justice Project. Learn More

123 Mental Health Clinicians Promoting Mental Health in Communities Across Liberia

The Carter Center's Mental Health Program in Liberia, in partnership with the Liberia Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, congratulates the newest, sixth class of 23 clinicians who will help continue to improve access to much needed mental health services in Liberia. These graduates join 100 previously trained and credentialed local mental health clinicians practicing in all 15 counties in Liberia, working largely in primary care clinics and hospitals. Learn More

Applications Being Accepted for the 2014-2015 Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism

Applications from U.S. residents are now being accepted for six one-year journalism fellowships with the Carter Center's Mental Health Program. These fellowships aim to enhance public understanding of mental health issues and reduce stigma and discrimination against people with mental illnesses through balanced and accurate reporting. Learn More

Rosalynn Carter and Health Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to Headline Annual National Symposium on Mental Health

During the 29th Annual Rosalynn Carter Symposium on Mental Health Policy on Nov.7-8, 2013, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius will join former U.S. First Lady Rosalynn Carter to discuss how access to mental health care could improve with the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (ACA). Learn More

100 Clinicians Now Provide Critical Mental Health Services to All 15 Counties in Liberia

The Carter Center's Mental Health Program in Liberia, in partnership with the Liberia Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, congratulates the newest, fifth class of 21 clinicians who are pioneering a new model for mental health services in Africa. With 100 local mental health clinicians trained since 2011, all 15 counties in Liberia now have access to at least two service providers. These clinicians largely work in primary care clinics and hospitals in remote, rural areas. Learn More

The Carter Center Awards 2013-2014 Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism

The Carter Center announced the recipients of the 2013-2014 Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism today. Selected from a highly competitive pool of applicants, the 17th annual class of fellows includes six from the United States, two from Romania, and for the first time, two teams from Colombia. (See below for a full list of fellows and their project topics.) Learn More

The Carter Center Awards 2014-2015 Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism

The Carter Center announced today the recipients of the 2014-2015 Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism. Selected from a highly competitive pool of applicants, the 18th annual class of fellows includes six from the United States and two fellowships from Colombia. (See below for a full list of fellows and their project topics.) Learn More

Rosalynn Carter, Former Congressman Tony Coelho to Host Expert Discussion on Building Community Support for People With Mental Illness

Former U.S. First Lady and Carter Center Co-Founder Rosalynn Carter and former Congressman Tony Coelho will join experts from the federal government and other mental health officials to discuss new research published in the American Journal of Public Health's first theme issue on stigma against people with mental illness on April 18, 2013, at 2 p.m. at The Carter Center in Atlanta, Ga. Learn More

The Carter Center and Universidad de La Sabana Launch Colombia's Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism

The Carter Center and the Universidad de La Sabana, a private accredited university in Colombia, announce the launch of Colombia's Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism, which will award two annual fellowships to local journalists to investigate and produce a comprehensive project unveiling mental health issues in the nation. Learn More

Local, Carter Center-Trained Mental Health Clinicians Now Reach All 15 Counties in Liberia

The Carter Center's Mental Health Program in Liberia, in partnership with the Liberia Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, announces that efforts to improve access to mental health care in the post-conflict nation now reach all 15 counties in Liberia, with each county having access to at least one locally trained and credentialed mental health clinician. Only a few years prior, Liberia, a nation of 3.8 million people, had one psychiatrist to meet the needs of at least 300,000 Liberians suffering from mental illness each year. Learn More

Applications Being Accepted for the 2013-2014 Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism

Applications from U.S. residents are now being accepted for six one-year journalism fellowships with the Carter Center's Mental Health Program. These fellowships aim to enhance public understanding of mental health issues and reduce stigma and discrimination against people with mental illnesses through balanced and accurate reporting. Learn More

Rosalynn Carter and New Georgia Mental Health Commissioner Frank Berry to Co-Host Town Hall on Access to Mental Health Services in Georgia

At a critical juncture in Georgia's efforts to restructure community access to quality mental health services, former U.S. First Lady Rosalynn Carter and Frank Berry, the new commissioner of the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD), will co-host a public town hall meeting in Mrs. Carter's home region on Oct. 24 at Georgia South Technical College in Americus from 12:30-4:00 p.m. (additional details below). Learn More

Carter Center Congratulates Liberia on Dramatic Increase in Mental Health Care Access Across Nation

The Carter Center's Mental Health Liberia Program, in partnership with the Liberia Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, announces that efforts to build a sustainable mental health care system have reached an important milestone with 14 out of 15 counties in Liberia now having access to at least one locally trained and credentialed mental health clinician. Only three years prior, Liberia had one psychiatrist in the entire country. Learn More

The Carter Center Awards 2012-2013 Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism

The Carter Center announced the recipients of the 2012-2013 Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism today. Selected from a highly competitive pool of applicants, the 16th annual class of fellows includes six from the United States and two from Romania. (See below for a full list of fellows and their project topics.) Learn More

Applications Being Accepted for the 2012-2013 Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism

Applications from U.S. residents are now being accepted for six one-year journalism fellowships with the Carter Center's Mental Health Program. These fellowships aim to enhance public understanding of mental health issues and reduce stigma and discrimination against people with mental illnesses through balanced and accurate reporting. Learn More

The Carter Center Congratulates Liberia on Graduation of Inaugural Class of Mental Health Clinicians

Today, during a ceremony attended by Liberian government officials, community and religious leaders, and other partners, The Carter Center celebrated the graduation of Liberia's first class of locally trained mental health clinicians. Learn More

The Carter Center Awards 2011-2012 Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism

The Carter Center announced the recipients of the 2011-2012 Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism today, one of the only journalism fellowship programs exclusively focused on mental health issues. Selected from a highly competitive pool of applicants, the 15th annual class of fellows includes six from the United States and two from Romania. (See below for a full list of fellows and their project topics.) Learn More

Carter Center, American College of Physicians, and Health Experts Release Report Detailing Solutions for Reinvigorating Primary Care System: Five Prescriptions for Ensuring the Future of Primary Care

A new report from The Carter Center and the American College of Physicians (ACP), "Five Prescriptions for Ensuring the Future of Primary Care," argues that an overhaul of the primary care education system—including adopting more rigorous training in mental illness diagnosis and treatment—is necessary to fully implement reform of the U.S. health care system. Learn More

The Carter Center Celebrates Transfer of Ethiopia Public Health Training Initiative to Ethiopia Ministry of Health and Federal Ministry of Education

After 13 years training more than 26,000 public health workers to help fill the gap in rural health services for 75 million Ethiopians, The Carter Center- assisted Ethiopia Public Health Training Initiative (EPHTI) officially has been transferred to Ethiopia's Federal Ministries of Health and Education. Established in 1997 at the invitation of Prime Minister Meles Zenawi, EPHTI worked in partnership with seven Ethiopian universities and the Ethiopian government to improve the public health education system. Learn More

Applications Being Accepted for the 2011-2012 Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism

Applications from U.S. residents are now being accepted for six one-year journalism fellowships with the Carter Center's Mental Health Program. These fellowships aim to enhance public understanding of mental health issues and reduce stigma and discrimination against people with mental illnesses through balanced and accurate reporting. Learn More

Conversations at The Carter Center "After the War: Mental Health and a Veteran's Journey Home"

Reservations are still available for the Nov. 9 Conversations at The Carter Center event, "After the War: Mental Health and a Veteran's Journey Home." In addition, attendees now will have the chance to participate in a special book signing immediately following the panel discussion. Learn More

Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter to Lead Two Major Forums on Veterans' Mental Health at The Carter Center

The unique challenges for mental health care and community reintegration faced by National Guard and reserve veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan will be the topic of two events being held by The Carter Center in the two weeks prior to Veterans Day. Both events will be webcast live. Learn More

Carter Center Statement on Settlement Agreement on Georgia Mental Health Services

The Carter Center welcomes Guinea's progress toward holding its historic runoff presidential election, and we urge both candidates, their supporters, and each CENI commissioner to ensure that the constitutional processes are respected to ensure that the will of the Guinean people can be freely expressed. Learn More

The Carter Center Awards 2010-2011 Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism

After a highly competitive selection process, the Carter Center's Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism, one of the only journalism fellowships exclusively for mental health, announced today the winners of its 2010-2011 awards. Learn More

2010-2011 Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism: Applications Being Accepted

Applications from U.S. residents are now being accepted for six one-year journalism fellowships with the Carter Center's Mental Health Program. These fellowships aim to enhance public understanding of mental health issues and reduce stigma and discrimination against people with mental illnesses through balanced and accurate reporting. Learn More

The Carter Center Awards 2009-2010 Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism

After receiving a record number of applicants, the Carter Center's Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism—the only journalism fellowships exclusively for mental health—announced today the winners of its 2009-2010 awards (see below for full list of fellows and their project topics). Learn More

2009-2010 Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism: Applications Being Accepted

Applications are now being accepted for six one-year journalism fellowships with the Carter Center's Mental Health Program. The 2009-2010 fellowships begin in September 2009, and aim to enhance public understanding of mental health issues and combat stigma and discrimination against people with mental illnesses. Applicants must be U.S. residents. Learn More

The Kids Are Not All Right: Researchers Find Little to Celebrate 25 Years After Groundbreaking Child Mental Health Study Urged Federal Leadership

Atlanta...A quarter of a century has passed since a groundbreaking, 50-state study shone a piercing light on America's alarming disarray of mental health services for children and urged strong federal leadership on policies to support states' efforts. A follow-up study released today finds that states are still struggling to deliver effective care while a lack of federal leadership remains. Learn More

New Findings on Nation's Delivery of Children's Mental Health Care to be Released at Rosalynn Carter Symposium on Mental Health Policy

New research by the National Center for Children in Poverty at Columbia University reveals that state by state policies continue to hinder children's mental health delivery 25 years after the strong recommendation of a federal plan to address the issue. Learn More

Children's Mental Health Care Uneven in U.S. , Says Study

Mental health services for children across the United States are spotty at best, due to a patchwork of state approaches in which the most effective services are not necessarily the ones funded, according to a new study by the National Center for Children in Poverty called "Unclaimed Children Revisited." The results of the study were unveiled at the 24th annual Rosalynn Carter Symposium on Mental Health Policy in November 2008. Learn More

Statement From Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter on Mental Health Parity Success

We have won a major victory today for millions of people who long have been discriminated against because they have a mental illness or substance use disorder. By passing mental health and addiction parity legislation, Congress has made an important statement that these diseases should be treated like any other physical illness. Learn More

The Carter Center Awards 2008-2009 Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism

The Carter Center Mental Health Program has named the 10 recipients of its twelfth annual Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism, including six from the United States, two from southern Africa, and two from Romania. Each domestic fellow will receive a $10,000 stipend to study and report on a particular issue within the mental health field for one year. International fellows will receive a comparable stipend. Learn More

Statement from Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter Regarding Governor Perdue's Decision to Cut Necessary Funding for Children's Mental Health Services

I am shocked by the announced $8.4 million dollar cut in funds for mental health services for children in the state of Georgia, particularly considering the current crisis state mental health services face. Learn More

2008-2009 Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism: Applications Being Accepted

Applications are now being accepted for six one-year journalism fellowships with the Carter Center Mental Health Program. Designed to enhance public understanding of mental health issues and combat stigma and discrimination against people with mental illnesses, the fellowships begin in September 2008. Applicants must be U.S. residents. Learn More

Carter Center Symposium to Address the Prevention of Mental Illnesses

Harnessing the power of prevention to stop the onset or progression of mental illnesses is long overdue. Failure to implement preventive measures on a national scale takes not only a human toll but also an economic and societal toll in terms of lost productivity and disability. Learn More

The Carter Center Includes Romania in Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism Program

The Carter Center Mental Health Program has awarded two Romanian journalists with the eleventh annual Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism. This will be the first year that journalists from the Eastern European country will participate in the program. Learn More

Carter Center Awards 2007-2008 Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism

The Carter Center Mental Health Program has named eight recipients of its eleventh annual Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism, including six from the United States and two from southern Africa. Two Romanian journalists will be named at a later date. Each domestic fellow will receive a $10,000 stipend to study and report on a particular issue within the mental health field for one year. International fellows will receive a comparable stipend. Learn More

2007-2008 Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism: Applications Being Accepted

Applications are now being accepted for six one-year journalism fellowships with the Carter Center Mental Health Program. Learn More

Carter Center News Release: Ceremony Marks "National Mental Illness Awareness Week"

ATLANTA…In recognition of National Mental Illness Awareness Week (October 9-13) and World Mental Health Day (October 10), a candlelight ceremony will be held Sunday, Oct. 8, 2006, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Jimmy Carter Library and Museum's outdoor circle of flags, 453 Freedom Pkwy., Atlanta. The event is open to the public. Learn More

Carter Center Awards 2006-2007 Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism

ATLANTA.....The Carter Center Mental Health Program has named 10 recipients of its tenth annual Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism, including eight from the U.S. and two from southern Africa. Each domestic fellow will receive $10,000 to study and report on a particular issue within the mental health field for one year. International fellows will receive a comparable stipend. Learn More

May is National Mental Health Month: Center Joins Observance of 'Mind Your Health'

The Carter Center joins with the National Mental Health Association and other mental health partners in observing Mental Health Month during May 2006. This year, which marks more than five decades of celebration, the observance focuses on the mind-body connection through the promotion of mental wellness and overall health for all Americans, regardless of age or background. Learn More

Gaps in Georgia's Mental Health Services is Focus of Rosalynn Carter Forum

ATLANTA….A study released last year reveals that overall in 2004, Georgia's public mental health services supplied through the Division of Mental Health reached less than a third of people estimated to have a serious mental illness or a serious emotional disturbance. This gap and two others will be tackled by state leaders and mental health advocates and consumers participating in the 11th annual Rosalynn Carter Georgia Mental Health Forum at The Carter Center on Friday, May 19. Learn More

Center Accepting Applications for Tenth Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism

ATLANTA.... Applications are now being accepted for six one-year journalism fellowships with the Mental Health Program of The Carter Center. Designed to enhance public understanding of mental health issues and combat stigma and discrimination against people with mental illnesses, the fellowships begin in September 2006. Read about the Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism. Learn More

Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter on a Georgia Death Penalty Moratorium

I endorse the call for a moratorium on executions in Georgia and wholeheartedly support the American Bar Association's Georgia Death Penalty Assessment Team Report. I have openly opposed the death penalty for a long time. There are serious questions about the fairness of its application in our state. Learn More

Evening Dialogue: Rosalynn Carter and Joshua Shenk on Mental Health Misconceptions, Lincoln's Melancholy

Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter will join Joshua Shenk, author of "Lincoln's Melancholy: How Depression Challenged a President and Fueled His Greatness," for a special conversation on Thursday, Feb. 16 at 7:30 p.m. in the Carter Center's Ivan Allen III Pavilion. The conversation will be webcast live on www.cartercenter.org, and both the lecture and book-signing are free and open to the public. Seating is limited and on a first-come, first-served basis. Learn More

ABC-TV Mental Illness Documentary Features Carter Center Experts

An intimate, inside look at living with a mental illness, the newest National Council of Churches USA-sponsored television documentary, will begin airing on ABC affiliates across the country on Dec. 4. Shadow Voices: Finding Hope in Mental Illness examines how individuals and their families find their way through a tangle of mental, medical, governmental, societal and spiritual issues. Learn More

Award Lauds Rosalynn Carter as Mental Health Champion

Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter, a tireless advocate for improved access to mental health services, is the recipient of the 2005 Aetna Voice of Conscience Award, honoring her commitment to improving the lives of people around the world. Learn More

Behavioral Health Care Gap is Focus of Carter Center Symposium

A critical chasm is developing between major medical research advances and applying those breakthroughs to the treatment of people with mental illnesses and addictive disorders. Learn More

Mental Health Agency Deploys Carter Center Program Director, Team for Hurricane Katrina Assistance

Carter Center Mental Health Program Director Thom Bornemann has joined a special disaster assistance team organized by the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and deployed September 12 to Houston to provide urgently needed support. Learn More

Carter Center Awards 2005-2006 Mental Health Fellowships

The Carter Center Mental Health Program has named 10 recipients of its ninth annual Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism, including two from New Zealand and two from South Africa. Each domestic fellow will receive $10,000 to study and report on a particular issue within the mental health field for one year. International fellows will receive a comparable stipend. Learn More

Georgia Mental Health Forum: Move to Managed Care for Medicaid to be Examined

Soon, Georgians will receive Medicaid services through managed care programs, and Atlantans will be among the first in the state to experience these changes. Learn More

Mental Health Month: Center Joins National Observance During May

Throughout May, The Carter Center will join organizations and individuals across the United States in observance of Mental Health Month, sponsored by The National Mental Health Association. With the theme "Mind Your Health," Mental Health Month will encourage people to care for their minds as well as their bodies as part of maintaining good overall health. Learn More

Rosalynn Carter Discusses Carter Center, White House Years In PBS Interview

Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter will be the featured guest on Scully: The World Show, hosted by Robert Scully, airing on PBS affiliates nationwide during May (air date/time varies, check local listings). Learn More

Rosalynn Carter Symposium on Mental Health Policy: Transforming Mental Health for Children and Families is 2004 Focus

ATLANTA…Millions of American adults who have mental illnesses are leading lives of quiet desperation. For many, their conditions began when they were children, but there was no help for them then. It doesn't have to be that way today. Learn More

Candlelight Ceremony to Mark World Mental Health Day

World Mental Health Day, sponsored by the World Federation for Mental Health, will be observed Sunday, Oct. 10, 2004, with former First Lady Rosalynn Carter as honorary chair. "The Relationship Between Physical and Mental Health: Co-occurring Disorders," is this year's theme. Learn More

Larry King Live to Feature Carters, Address Mental Health Issues

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and former First Lady Rosalynn Carter are the scheduled guests on CNN's Larry King Live, Monday, Sept. 20 at 9 p.m. EDT. The Carters will discuss the peace and health initiatives of The Carter Center and current international issues during the first half of the program, which will air live. Learn More

Rosalynn Carter to Open World Conference on Mental Health

Former U.S. First Lady Rosalynn Carter will open the third world conference on the Promotion of Mental Health and the Prevention of Mental and Behavioural Disorders being held Sept. 14-17, 2004, at the Hyatt Hotel in Auckland, New Zealand. Mrs. Carter, honorary chair of the conference, has worked for more than 30 years to help people with mental illnesses and their families. Learn More

The Carter Center Awards 2004-2005 Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism

ATLANTA.....The Carter Center's Mental Health Program has named 10 recipients of its eighth annual Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism, including two from New Zealand and the first two from South Africa. Each domestic fellow will receive $10,000 to study a particular issue within the mental health field for one year. Learn More

Georgia Mental Health Forum Focuses on Making New Freedom Commission Goals Reality

ATLANTA....On Wednesday, May 12, the 2004 Rosalynn Carter Georgia Mental Health Forum will bring together experts and policy-makers in an effort to implement recommendations from the final report of President Bush's New Freedom Commission on Mental Health. Tens of thousands of Georgians have suffered a breakdown in availability and delivery of public mental health services as a result of massive budget cutbacks and repeated management reorganizations over the last several years. The presidential report finds that mental health systems are in a shambles and makes strong recommendations for rebuilding, but state and local agencies are left to implement them Learn More

2004-2005 Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism: Applications Being Accepted

ATLANTA.... Applications are now being accepted for six one-year journalism fellowships with the Mental Health Program of The Carter Center. Designed to enhance public understanding of mental health issues and combat stigma and discrimination against people with mental illnesses, the fellowships begin in September 2004. Learn More

Rosalynn Carter Symposium on Mental Health Policy Set for Nov. 5-6

ATLANTA....Forty-three-year-old Tom Lane's story illustrates what's wrong with America's access to mental health services. Not long ago, he was coping with severe depression and bipolar disorder in northern California. Medical bills amounted to more than $40,000. Unable to get any mental health insurance and living in total isolation, he was desperate and nearly succeeded at suicide. He managed to find help just in time. Today, he is a successful and experienced professional serving as the director of consumer affairs with the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill. Learn More

Carter Center to Host Atlanta Premiere Screening of "Imagining Robert: My Brother, Madness and Survival"

ATLANTA....Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter and the Carter Center's Mental Health Program are proud to present the award-winning documentary "Imagining Robert: My Brother, Madness and Survival" on Monday, Oct. 13, at 7 p.m. in the Center's Ivan Allen Pavilion. The screening precedes the airing on local Atlanta public television (PBA 30) and other PBS stations nationwide. Learn More

Statement by Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter on the Missouri Supreme Court Ban on Executing Juveniles

ATLANTA….The Missouri Supreme Court's ruling that executing juveniles is unconstitutionally cruel is the most recent and resounding indication of positive changes in public attitudes about government executions. In June 2002, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that executing mentally retarded individuals violates "the evolving standards of decency that mark the progress of a maturing society." Learn More

President's New Freedom Commission on Mental Health: A Statement from Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter

ATLANTA....I am pleased to see that the White House has released the final report from the President's New Freedom Commission on Mental Health. President Bush and Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson should be commended for their support of this effort and for making mental health a real priority for the Administration. Learn More

Carter Center Awards Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism for 2003-2004

The Carter Center's Mental Health Program has named eight recipients of its seventh annual Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism, including two fellows from New Zealand. Learn More

Former First Lady to Attend Mental Health Legislation Unveiling

In addition to Mrs. Carter, Congressman Kennedy will be joined by several experts who have first-hand experience in dealing with the psychological impacts of terrorism in the wake of the attack on Sept . 11 attacks. They include Dr. Kerry Kelly, chief medical officer for the New York City Fire Department, who was at Ground Zero when the towers collapsed; and William P. Van Wart, a battalion chief in the New York City Fire Department, who helped coordinate relief efforts on the ground after the attack. Learn More

Hope on the Street' to Debut May 13 at Carter Center

ATLANTA....Join former First Lady Rosalynn Carter, KQED Public Television, San Francisco, and Georgia Public Broadcasting for a free preview of the one-hour documentary Hope on the Street – addressing mental illness and homelessness – at 7 p.m., Tuesday, May 13, in the Ivan Allen Pavilion at The Carter Center. The screening will be followed by an open question-and-answer period with producer Michael Isip, Ray Guevara, a bi-polar patient featured in the film, and the narrator, Dede Ranahan, whose son has schizophrenia and has spent time living on the streets. The Carter Center Mental Health Program Director Thomas Bornemann will moderate the event. Learn More

Carter Center Accepting Mental Health Journalism Fellowship Applications for 2003-2004

Applications are now being accepted for six one-year journalism fellowships with the Mental Health Program of The Carter Center. Designed to enhance public understanding of mental health issues and combat stigma and discrimination against people with mental illnesses, the fellowships begin in September 2003. Learn More

'Conversation' Panelists To Explore Mental Health Aftereffects of Sept. 11, 2001

Etched forever on our minds are the images of the Sept. 11 attacks in New York City and Washington, D.C. But how do some of us cope with the mental aftereffects of such a potentially staggering trauma? Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter leads a blue-ribbon panel in search of answers. Learn More

'Conversations,' Symposium To Examine Mental Health Implications Of Sept. 11 Attacks

ATLANTA….National experts and public officials concerned about the mental health implications of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on the United States will gather at the 18th Annual Rosalynn Carter Symposium on Mental Health Policy Nov. 6-7 at The Carter Center. Learn More

Rosalynn Carter Inducted Into National Women's Hall of Fame

ATLANTA….On Oct. 5, former First Lady Rosalynn Carter, vice chair of The Carter Center, will be inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame in Seneca Falls, N.Y. She will be only the third first lady ever inducted into the Hall of Fame joining Abigail Adams (inducted in 1976) and Eleanor Roosevelt (inducted in 1973). Originally named to the Hall of Fame in 2001, Mrs. Carter's induction was postponed a year, due to the Sept.11 attacks. Learn More

2002-2003 Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism

ATLANTA…..The Carter Center's Mental Health Program today named eight recipients of its sixth annual Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism, including two fellows from New Zealand. Learn More

Mrs. Carter Responds To Supreme Court Ruling

I applaud the United States Supreme Court's ruling today that executing people with mental retardation constitutes cruel and unusual punishment and is therefore unconstitutional. Today's ruling is the latest, most resounding indication of shifting public attitudes about government executions. Eighteen states already prohibit capital punishment for people with severe developmental disabilities and 16 of these have banned such executions within the last dozen years. The death penalty should not be imposed on those who are least capable of mature understanding and therefore least blameworthy, no matter how grave their crimes. Learn More

Former Surgeon General Joins The Carter Center Mental Health Task Force

David Satcher, M.D., Ph.D., former U.S. Surgeon General, will join the Carter Center's Mental Health Task Force in September. Chaired by former First Lady Rosalynn Carter, the task force works to identify mental health issues of major concern, convene diverse constituencies, and develop initiatives to reduce stigma and discrimination against people with mental illnesses. Learn More

The Carter Center Appoints Director For Mental Health Program

Thomas H. Bornemann, Ed.D., M.S.W., senior adviser for mental health with the World Health Organization (WHO) department of Mental Health and Substance Dependence, will join The Carter Center August 1 as director of its Mental Health Program. Learn More

Former First Lady Calls for System to Address Children's Mental Health Needs

Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter is calling on parents, teachers, and health care providers to address a national crisis in children's mental health. Learn More

Carter Center Hosts Symposium on Children and Mental Health: Symptoms and Redesigning Treatment Services

No other set of health conditions is as harmful to children as mental illness. One in 10 children and adolescents suffer from mental illness severe enough to cause some level of impairment, yet only one in five such children receive treatment, according to the Surgeon General's report on children's mental health. Learn More

Carter Center Awards 2001-2002 Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism

Atlanta, GA….The Carter Center's Mental Health Program today named nine recipients of its Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism, including, for the first time, two international fellows. Each domestic fellow will receive $10,000 to study a particular issue within the mental health field over the course of one year. Learn More

Mental Health Care And The American Worker: Conference to Examine the Business Case for Mental Health Care

Studies have shown a link between employees with depressive symptoms and decreased job performance, but companies increasingly are scrutinizing their mental health care benefits. As a result, the mental health community must do more to show companies how a lack of mental health care coverage can impact their bottom line. Learn More

Carter Center Hosts Forum on Mental Health Care of Children in Georgia's Juvenile Justice System

ATLANTA, GA....More than 65 percent of children in Georgia's juvenile justice system have a diagnosable mental disorder, and adequate treatment services for them are sorely lacking. This is one of the topics to be addressed at The Carter Center May 17 at the 2001 Rosalynn Carter Georgia Mental Health Forum Georgia at the Crossroads: Children in the Juvenile Justice, Mental Health, and Substance Abuse Systems. Learn More

The Carter Center Receives APA's Distinguished Service Award

ATLANTA, GA....The Carter Center today received the American Psychiatric Association's "Distinguished Service Award" in recognition of its efforts to address key public policy issues and develop initiatives to reduce the stigma of mental illness. Learn More

Former First Lady Issues Statement on Death Penalty, Speaks to ABA Conference

ATLANTA, GA.... Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter today issued the following statement in conjunction with a luncheon speech at The Carter Center before lawyers, judges, and policymakers gathered for the American Bar Association (ABA) conference "Call To Action: A Moratorium on Executions." Learn More

The Carter Center Presents 'Breaking through the Stigma: The Portrayal of Mental Illness in the Media'

Today, journalists play an increasingly important role in shaping public understanding and debate about health care issues. Does the media unfairly influence the public perception of the mentally ill? How can we erase the stigma attached to mental illness? Rosalynn Carter and The Carter Center will host a panel of experts to address these issues on Thursday, May 13, from 7:30-9 p.m. Learn More

Carter Center Establishes Journalism Fellowships

The Carter Center today announced the establishment of the Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism. Part of a national effort to reduce stigma and discrimination against people with mental illness, the one-year, annual fellowships, which begin in September, will provide $10,000 grants to five fellows so that each may study or complete a project on a selected topic relative to mental health. Learn More

Carter Center Mental Health Program Receives President's Award

The Carter Center's Mental Health Program, chaired by former First Lady Rosalynn Carter, recently received the President's Award from the Mental Health Association of Georgia. The award was given in recognition of the program's leadership and advocacy in the mental health field. Learn More

A Discussion on the Stigma of Mental Illness with Rosalynn Carter, Rod Steiger, and Kathy Cronkite

ATLANTA, GA.... Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter; Academy-award winning actor Rod Steiger; and author Kathy Cronkite, daughter of Walter Cronkite, will participate in an open forum at The Carter Center on Wednesday, April 17, at 7:30 p.m.. Mrs. Carter will lead a frank discussion on the stigma of mental illness and how such negative perceptions may be countered. Audience participation is welcome. Learn More

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