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The Carter Center opens applications for 2021-22 Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism

ATLANTA (Feb. 3, 2021) — The Carter Center is pleased to announce that applications for journalists who are U.S. citizens and residents are now being accepted for the Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism. Selected fellows will join a top-notch cohort of more than 220 fellows awarded over the…

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Kristyn Wellesley to lead The Carter Center’s newsroom collaborative on access to mental health services

Kristyn Wellesley, a newsroom leader with deep experience in fact-checking, audience development and collaboration, will run The Carter Center Mental Health Program’s solutions-based, 5-newsroom U.S. collaborative on national access to mental health services and how lack of access is impacting local communities. Atlanta, GA (February 1, 2021) — The Carter…

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Carter Center’s Mental Health and Democracy Programs join Hearken to support US journalists during election

By Susan Hunsinger Mental Health Program Associate The run up to the 2020 election in the United States — and its aftermath — has affected everyone, especially journalists tasked with covering the dizzying pace of unfolding events. The U.S. faced serious threats, like mistrust in the election process, disinformation and…

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‘Thinking Healthy’ to improve maternal mental health in Liberia

By Samhita Kumar and Sadie Bazur-Leidy The Carter Center’s Global Mental Health Program As a healthcare worker in Liberia, Caroline Saye knows all too well the challenges of providing mental health care, particularly to mothers and moms-to-be, because of too few practitioners. It’s why Saye says it’s so important to…

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Carter Fellow Marion Scher’s new book tells stories of lived experience and hope

By Susan Hunsinger Program Associate, Carter Center Mental Health Program A new mother shares her struggle with postpartum depression. A transgender person retraces a difficult journey. A young man whose suicide attempt left him a paraplegic and whose life in recovery is full and fulfilling. These are the stories that…

Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter talks to fellows at the Carter Center in Atlanta, Georgia.

The First Lady of Mental Health: A 50-year journey

By Lei Ellingson Senior Associate Director, Public Policy With 200 buildings and spanning 2,000 acres, Central State Hospital in Georgia was one of the largest-ever mental hospitals in the world. Now, its old prison, doctors’ houses and even a pecan grove sit abandoned, surrounded by 25,000 unmarked graves. But in the…

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Top Latin American journalists awarded 2020-2021 Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism

Clarissa Levy and Manoela dos Santos Bonaldo from Brazil, and Ronny Suárez and Carlos Francisco Fernández from Colombia have been selected as the 2020-2021 Rosalynn Carter Fellows for Mental Health Journalism in Latin America. The Carter Center and Universidad de La Sabana in Bogotá, Colombia, in association with the Gabo…

Deena Kamel, left, and Raya Al Jadir, right, are recipients of the Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism in the UAE.

The National announces UAE’s 2020-2021 Rosalynn Carter Fellows for Mental Health Journalism

ATLANTA — As part of a partnership with The National media outlet in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), The Carter Center announces two new fellows for the Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism Program in the UAE. Fellow recipients Deena Kamel and Raya Al Jadir will join an international…

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Carter Center and Reveal launch Benjamin von Sternenfels Rosenthal Grant for Mental Health Investigative Journalism

Veteran investigative journalist Susan Greene selected as one of eight U.S. Rosalynn Carter Fellows for Mental Health Journalism   ATLANTA — Susan Greene, a veteran investigative journalist, Pulitzer Prize finalist and editor at The Colorado Independent, has been selected as the inaugural Fellow under the new Benjamin von Sternenfels Rosenthal…

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Carter Fellow Christine Herman wins PMJA award for fellowship story on child-to-parent violence

By Miriam Pearsall Carter Center Mental Health Program Intern ATLANTA – What began for Christine Herman as an exploration of barriers to mental health treatment for children led to an award-winning national feature on violence inflicted on parents by their own children. Herman’s story, “When Teens Abuse Parents, Shame and Secrecy…

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Carter Fellow Julianne Hill’s award-winning story leads to funding for psychiatric unit as prison alternative

By Susan Pearson Hunsinger Program Associate, The Carter Center Mental Health Program When college student Andrew Butler needed mental health treatment, his father took him to the only state hospital in New Hampshire offering mental health services. But while there, after attempting to hit his dad, they transferred Butler to…

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Carter Fellow Deborah Wang wins Gracie and regional Murrow awards for fellowship reporting

By Kari Cobham Senior Associate Director, Rosalynn Carter Mental Health Journalism Fellowships & Media Ask Deborah Wang about the impact of her stories and she’ll talk about helping people feel less alone. “I’ve heard numerous families say, ‘Thank you for writing these stories. This is exactly what my family has…

Paul Radu holds the Ion Raţiu Journalism Award, which he won in 2018 for The RISE Project investigative series into the underground businesses of Romanians suspected of breaking the law in Romania and Brazil. (Photo courtesy Paul Radu)

Carter Fellow Paul Radu wins $1.5M Million Skoll Foundation Award

By Susan Pearson Hunsinger Program Associate, The Carter Center Mental Health Program Romanian journalist Paul Radu has won many prestigious awards in his career. A 2007-2008 Rosalynn Carter Fellow for Mental Health Journalism, Radu won a 2017 Pulitzer Prize for his work on the Panama Papers, the Daniel Pearl Award,…

Carter Center Fellow Almudena Toral at the New Mexico area of the border.  (Photo/Patricia Clarembaux)

Carter Fellow Almudena Toral wins National Headliner Awards for documenting violence against girls dying by suicide in El Salvador

By Will McCollum Carter Center Mental Health Program Intern ATLANTA — When MS-13 gang members killed her husband, the young woman living under the alias María fled to America seeking asylum. It’s just one of the tragic stories about immigrant women as victims of violence documented by 2019-2020 Rosalynn Carter…

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Carter Fellow Thomas Curwen wins Columbia J-School’s Mike Berger Award

Columbia Journalism School announced that reporters from the Los Angeles Times, including 2002-2003 Rosalynn Carter Fellow for Mental Health Journalism Thomas Curwen, have won the 2020 Meyer “Mike” Berger Award. [Read the full announcement from Columbia Journalism School] Curwen, a staff writer at the Los Angeles Times, and staff photographer…

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‘Connection, distance and empathy’: Judith Warner on the book she wished she had when her daughter hit middle school

“And Then They Stopped Talking to Me” comes at a time when the ambient anxiety of illness, job losses and economic uncertainty surrounding COVID-19 will undoubtedly affect middle schoolers’ families. But it may not be all negative.  By Susan Pearson Hunsinger Program Assistant, The Carter Center Mental Health Program ATLANTA…

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Deadline extended for Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism

ATLANTA (April 3, 2020) — The Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism is extending its deadline for applications, recommendations and the applicant letter of support to April 29, 2020, for journalists who are U.S. citizens and residents. Fellows are still expected to be announced Wednesday, July 15, 2020, on…

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An ongoing list of COVID-19 mental health resources for journalists and you

UPDATED June 10, 2020 ATLANTA — Carter Center mental health journalism fellows have been reporting on the mental health impact of COVID-19. You’ll find here their reporting, mental health resources for journalists covering the pandemic and for the general public impacted by the virus. We are continuing to update this…

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Carter Fellow Alia Dastagir wins award from American Association of Suicidology

The feedback Alia Dastagir gets as a woman reporter can get abusive, she says. It’s part of what makes being recognized for her mental health reporting sadly stunning, but also even more gratifying. In March, the American Association of Suicidology awarded Dastagir, an enterprise reporter at USA Today and 2019-2020…

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Applications open for Latin American 2020-2021 Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism

The Carter Center and the University of La Sabana, in association with the Gabo Foundation, are now accepting 2020-2021 applications for the Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism in Latin America. Bogotá, Colombia — Applications are now open for two fellowships for Latin American journalists who investigate and produce…