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Mindset Finalists 2018

Three finalists have been named for the 2018 Mindset Award for Workplace Mental Health Reporting. They were chosen from a dozen English-language entries by journalists and media organizations across Canada.

The finalists now being considered by an independent jury are:  

               “One Judge Down” a documentary produced by Bonnie Brown for CBC Radio One’s Sunday Edition, broadcast in January 2018.  It revealed how Supreme Court Justice Gerald Le Dain was refused medical leave and forced to resign from the court in 1988 after he fell into a depression.  

               “After the Sirens”a television documentary by Vancouver-based independent producer/director Kevin Eastwood, broadcast nationally on CBC and CBC News Network in the series Docs POV in April 2018. The documentary tells the stories of paramedics on the frontlines of a work-related suicide crisis. 

               “Death of a Calgary Titan: The spectacular rise and tragic fall of George Gosbee” a feature report for the Globe & Mail’s Report on Business Magazine, by Kelly Cryderman and Jeffrey Jones, published in August 2018. It told the story of a 48-year-old investment banker with the world at his feet and a direct line to the Prime Minister’s office, whose suicide, linked to mental illness and alcoholism, shocked the business and political communities. 

A separate jury is considering three finalists for the parallel award for French-language journalism, le prix En-Tête pour le reportage en santé mental au travail. Eleven entries were received from across the country. The finalists are:

               “Au moins j’aurai sauvé des vies” (At least I will have saved some lives). Mylène Moisan’s feature story for Le Soleil was published in May 2018. It concerned the suicide of Andréanne Leblanc, a young paramedic who killed herself in her uniform after attending numerous tragedies including the massacre at the Grande Mosquée de Québec. The title comes from one of the notes she left behind. 

               “Chocs post-traumatiques : ces mineurs qui ne peuvent plus descendre sous terre“ (Post-traumatic shock: the miners who can’t go underground any more). The in-depth story, by Piel Coté of Ici Abitibi-Témiscamingue, ran in June 2018. It focused on miners who were trapped or rescued colleagues in the collapse of the Westwood Mine in 2015 and are now unable to go back underground because of PTSD.  

               “Santé mentale en agriculture : Vivre de sa terre, souffrir de sa passion” (Mental health in Agriculture : Live off your land, suffer for your passion). Ici Radio-Canada Manitoba’s Patrick Foucault completed his multi-media report about stress and mental illness among prairie farmers in December 2018. 

The Mindset Award winner will be announced at the CAJ Awards Gala in Winnipeg on May 4, and the winner of le prix En-Tête will be announced at the FPJQ Awards Gala in Montréal on May 5.