Mental Health Literary Award

September 16, 2012 by J-Wire Staff
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Noted author and  Australian Financial Review  health columnist Jill Margo has won a National Mental Health Media Award for a series of articles investigating the mental health difficulties child abuse victims face later in adulthood.

Jill Margo

She received the top award for print media from the Mental Services Conference of Australia and New Zealand, which recognised accurate and sensitive media coverage of mental health issues, breaking down the stigma and educating the community about mental health issues.

Jill Margo has been the recipient of 20 national and international awards for journalism, including previously winning two Walkley Awards and will be taking up her Churchill Fellowship later this year to study new developments in prostate cancer treatment and rehabilitation in the United States and Israel.

She is the author of the best-selling biography of Frank Lowy, “Pushing the Limits”, and has published three other books including men’s health reference texts, “Man Maintenance” and “Man Maintenance 2″.

Jill Margo told J-Wire: ” Through a friend, Dr Cathy Kezelman, I learnt about a forgotten group of people in our society.

These are adults who were abused many years ago before there was a common language to describe their predicament.

Rather than receiving compassion and support, most of them struggled into adulthood unheard and unsupported.

Now, if they raise these issues, they are not uncommonly told to ‘ get over it already’.

Their experience has lost its currency, their trauma is historic and others don’t really want to hear about it.

It’s confronting, it’s complex and often can’t be confirmed. But of course, as we know from the Ballarat suicides,

people often can’t just ‘get over it.’

Once I grasped what Cathy was talking about – she is president of ASCA (Adult Survivors of Child Abuse) –  I decided to write about

It. Although it was unusual subject for The Australian Financial Review,  the paper published it anyway.

Cathy suggested the pieces be entered in these awards and when they won the print section, the $2000 prize money went to ASCA.”


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