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Living with Schizophrenia

Guest blogger Amy Standen, a reporter for KQED public radio in northern California and a 2013-2014 recipient of a Rosalynn Carter Fellowship for Mental Health Journalism, produced a three-part series on schizophrenia and emerging treatments.

Inside Mind/Game: The Unquiet Journey of Chamique Holdsclaw

I was drawn to WNBA star Chamique Holdsclaw’s story from the day I read a piece on her in the New York Times in early 2012. She’d been the best of the best at her sport, took a great fall, but emerged in apparent recovery as an advocate who was remarkably candid about her own story.

Carter Center Exclusive: CDC Director Tom Frieden Discusses Importance of Mental Health Surveillance

It was an honor to share the stage with former First Lady Rosalynn Carter at the 18th annual Rosalynn Carter Georgia Mental Health Forum in May. We celebrated the publication of the MMWR Weekly Report Supplement: “Mental Health Surveillance Among Children in the United States — 2005-2011,” the first-ever summary of federal activities tracking children’s mental disorders in the U.S.

Q&A With Rebecca Palpant Shimkets on Fighting Stigma Against People with Mental Illness

Rebecca Palpant Shimkets, assistant director in the Carter Center’s Mental Health Program, describes the stigma facing people with mental illnesses and how the Carter Center’s activities aim to help.

Young Adults, Mental Health, and Social Media

Recently, the Carter Center Mental Health Program hosted the panel discussion “Beyond Stigma: Bringing the Conversation about Mental Illness Forward,” on the stigma of mental illness among young adults.

One topic that proved especially important was the role social media plays in young people’s lives and, consequently, their mental health.

Michael Biesecker: Journalism Fellow Chronicles Abuse, Fraud in North Carolina

Reporter Michael Biesecker’s coverage of mental health issues began with a high-speed car chase following a robbery. In the course of Biesecker’s investigation, he found that although the driver was in a psychotic state two weeks before the crime, he had been turned away from the state’s psychiatric hospital.

“We began researching why people were not getting help, why the …

Journalism Fellows Explore Mental Health Issues, Fight Stigma

Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter launched a journalism fellowship program in 1996 to increase accurate reporting of mental health issues as a way to fight stigma and discrimination against people with mental illnesses—some of the most serious, unrecognized, and under-reported health problems in the United States and worldwide. To date, 118 Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism have been …