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Mindset Award 2017

The Mindset Award for Workplace Mental Health Reporting has been presented for a second year. It was won by freelance writer Omar Mouallem, of Edmonton, for his BuzzFeed News feature “Oil, Heartbreak, and Manhood: Behind the Mental Health Crisis of Albert’s Oil Workers”. He received the award from Forum President Cliff Lonsdale at the annual CAJ Awards gala in Toronto, Saturday May 5th. Read our full media release here. 

CBC’s Ioanna Roumeliotis received an honourable mention prize for her feature on The National, The Hidden Toll of Duty, which explored the mental health problems of people chosen to serve as jurors on grizzly and distressing trials. Other members of the production team cited were Corinne Seminioff (producer), Brenda Witmer (editor) and Jean-François Bisson (camera).

The $1,000 prize is for work first published in Canada in 2017 in any medium, in English or French. Applications may be made by media organizations or by individual journalists. There is no entry fee. 

The award is intended to encourage bold acts of journalism in the public interest - stories that are incisive or investigative. It is sponsored by the Great-West Life Centre for Mental Health in the Workplace.

The rules define “work” and “workplace” broadly, to capture volunteer as well as paid work and include the wide variety of places in which work is carried. 

An independent jury may choose to award up to two additional subsidiary prizes of $250 each.

Applications opened on January 22 and closed on March 2, 2018. An application form was accessible from the rules page

Permissible number of entriesIndividuals may enter once. Media organizations may enter twice. 

Application fee: None.

Sponsored by: Great-West Life Centre for Mental Health in the Workplace. 

Presentation: At the CAJ Awards in Toronto, May 5, 2018. 

For more: Read our 2017 launch media release here.

Lire en français : Le Prix En-Tête pour reportage sur la santé mentale en milieu de travail 

Mindset, and its French counterpart En-Tête, are funded in part by the Mental Health Commission of Canada, using a grant from Health Canada, and supported by CBC News. The Canadian Journalism Forum on Violence and Trauma is solely responsible for the guides’ content. 

Read about last year’s winners