We are thrilled to announce the launch of the Pfizer Mental Health Journalism Awards for 2011/2012. These follow on from the Carter Center Mental Health Journalism Fellowships, which have been awarded to South African print and broadcast journalists for the last six years.
Mrs Rosalynn Carter started these Fellowships as she felt journalists had the power to reach the masses and help break down the stigma attached to mental health. Over the last 15 years she has indeed reached many hundreds of thousands people through her Fellows, many of whom have won major awards, for their work in print, radio, television, documentary and books.
Pfizer and the South African Depression and Anxiety Group (SADAG) will be awarding two journalists a stipend of R25 000 per person. Fellows are not required to leave their employment during the fellowship year and are encouraged to choose timely projects that may educate the public and raise awareness about important mental health concerns.