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Rebecca Palpant
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Rebecca Palpant Shimkets is assistant director for The Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism of the Carter Center's Mental Health Program.

Shimkets develops and oversees a journalism fellowship program that each year awards stipends to 10 professional journalists in the United States, South Africa, and Romania to produce a significant work on mental health or mental illnesses.

Shimkets also is an active participant on advisory boards and within national work groups related to stigma and accurate portrayals of mental illnesses in the media.

Shimkets received her master's degree in community counseling from Georgia State University and a bachelor's degree in psychology from Asbury College. For more information, please visit

Blog Entries by Rebecca Palpant

Cause for Concern: Shattering the Stigma of Depression and Breast Cancer

(6) Comments | Posted October 10, 2012 | 1:57 PM

The voices of millions will join together this month for breast cancer awareness in walks and runs while pink ribbons are proudly displayed on cars, pins and airplanes. The walls of secrecy and shame that surrounded breast cancer patients and survivors until recently are toppling with increased public understanding and...

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Mental Illness Stigma: How Women Can Make a Big Impact Against It

(30) Comments | Posted March 8, 2011 | 9:31 AM

With coffee in hand one morning in January, I opened an email and what tumbled out was a provocative and powerful piece that has stayed with me ever since. In the dark and uncertain days after the Tucson, Arizona, shootings, seasoned journalist Andrea Ball of the Austin-American Statesman...

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