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Upcoming event covers mental health and journalism

SPJ Western Washington Pro Chapter presents a discussion on the the implications of the non-stop news cycle of 2020, our financially unstable field, and the ways journalists have learned to cope while navigating our own safety within high-stress environments.

The event will take place virtually on Thursday, April 15, at 6:30 p.m. While this event is free of charge, we do appreciate any and all donations made to our GoFundMe for scholarships for mental health aid, given to journalists who can’t afford therapy.

Sign up for the event here.

We will also be discussing the results of our survey on mental health. The survey will remain open until Sunday, April 11 at 11:59 p.m. Take the survey here.

Our panel includes:

Wudan Yan

Freelance Journalist covering Covid-19 & Co-founder of The Writers’ Co-op Podcast

Marcus Green

Publisher of the South Seattle Emerald; Civil Rights Activist & Mental Health Advocate

Casey Martin

Casey Martin is a staff reporter at KUOW Public Radio in Seattle. His work has been featured on NPR, Here & Now, and various public radio shows. In summer 2020, he covered the anti-police brutality protests in Seattle as a field reporter. Casey got his start in radio at the Transom Traveling Workshop on Catalina Island.

Katie Gillespie

Administrative officer for Pacific Northwest Newspaper Guild, former staffer at the Spokesman-Review & The Columbian

Dr. Rebecca Hendrickson

Psychiatrist & Neuroscientist specializing in PTSD; Founder of Hendrickson Research Group at University of Washington, teacher in the Psychiatry residency program, and sees patients at the PTSD outpatient clinic at the Veterans Administration in Seattle

Moderator: Enrique Cerna

A Seattle broadcast journalist for 42 years, Cerna has won nine Northwest Emmy Awards. He’s known for his important work, including his 2013 documentary “Latinos: The Changing Face of Washington.”

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