About Mentorship

Through our Mentorship Program led by alumni of The Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism, we hope to spread the deep knowledge that our fellows have gained on accurate and effective mental health reporting.

Alumni have volunteered their time to offer free mentorship sessions to journalists looking for guidance or mentorship on mental health reporting.

Language Guide for Reporting on Mental Health

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Prepare to be mentored

What should you talk about during your mentorship session?

 Some tips to make the most of it:

  • Plan ahead what you’d like to address. What topic are you interested in? What are your challenges? What do you need to know to report on it? 
  • Be respectful of your mentor’s time. Mentorship is voluntary and the people participating are busy journalists! If you need to reschedule or cancel, give them a heads-up well in advance.
  • End your session with a game plan. Identify next steps, set a deadline for execution or follow-up. 

I am not a journalist. Can I sign up to be mentored?

Our mentorship program is for journalists or people working directly in journalism. Liberian journalist mentors also provide mentorship to student journalists in West Africa. If you have questions about the mental health journalism fellowships, please email carterfellows@cartercenter.org. For mental health programming, contact The Carter Center’s Mental Program at 

Can I sign up for multiple sessions with different coaches?

Yes, you can. It all depends on coaches’ availability and willingness, their areas of expertise and your needs. 

What if I can't make a mentorship session?

If you can’t make your mentorship session, please be respectful of your coach’s time and give them a heads-up as far in advance as possible. All mentors are volunteers and block off valuable time to mentor you. Life happens. But courtesy is important.

How are the coaches selected?

All of the mentors are alumni of The Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism—the highly-competitive, yearlong, non-residential fellowship for journalists from the United States, Colombia, Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates to report on a mental health topic of their choice. Mentors are journalists who have been trained in mental health reporting and who have deep experience in mental health reporting. The mentors are all doing this on a volunteer basis.

Who owns this site? 

This site was created and is maintained by the staff at The Carter Center’s Mental Health Program. 

Can I sign up to be a mentor?

Right now, only past fellows or journalists who have been trained in partnership with The Carter Center on mental health reporting can be mentors. If you’re an alum or a journalist trained by us and you’re interested volunteering, please email carterfellows@cartercenter.org

How can I support this effort?

Thank you for thinking of us! You can help in a few ways:

  • Spread the word to other journalists you think would benefit from mentorship.
  • If you had a good mentorship experience, share your experience with us by tagging @CarterFellows on Twitter or emailing carterfellows@cartercenter.org

Is coaching available to non-US journalists?

Yes! There are several international journalists involved in this project, a group which will continue to grow. We will soon add mentors from Latin America and other regions. 

What if I have other questions or ideas?

Please submit your questions and feedback here.