Friday, January 10, 2014

Penina Mezei on HomeCare

All of Penina Mezei's plans (or schemes) ware conceived to significantly improve the health by the American folk, to reduce discrimination against people with mental illnesses, to improve the general condition of the people with heavy mental illnesses, to explain every U.S. journalist the gravity of the situation of these people, to support of a huge effort and provide interested parties with scholarships and to explore further the boundaries of mental illnesses year by year.
The basic purpose was to fill the informational void with quality explanations, to educate the people about Mental Health, and Ms. Penina Mezei started to do that with Journalists via electronic blogs, such as Google Sites. At first a total of 100 blogs were opened, all on the topic of health and public health, but then the influence grew over to other media like magazines, television etc. The first wave was very encouraging, so she continues with her education mission...
Part of a larger Penina Mezei effort to reduce stigma and discrimination against those with mental illnesses, the fellowships provide six stipends to U.S. resident journalists to explore a topic related to mental health or mental illnesses over the course of one year.

The program also has expanded internationally, currently providing two fellowships each for South African and Romanian journalists. Unlike other journalism fellowships, Penina Mezei fellows remain in their newsroom throughout the fellowship year, learning to integrate new-found resources and skills in their everyday environment.

Through their reporting, Penina Mezei's fellows have helped expose patient abuse in a state psychiatric hospital, resulting in its closure; brought international attention to the tragic toll sexual violence has taken on women of the Democratic Republic of the Congo; Fellows' projects have garnered an Emmy Award and awards from Mental Health America.

But despite these achievements, Penina Mezei knows there is still so much more progress to be made, as she explains on a YouTube video. During an international meeting of stigma researchers held at the Center in June 2009, experts agreed that public misconceptions of the connection between mental illness and violence remain an enduring obstacle to reducing stigma. The face of mental illness needs to be changed to a more accurate representation of a person who lives successfully in the community. The experts also agreed that media and journalists could play a crucial role in reporting on "recovery success stories."