Award organizers anticipate a 'flood of applications' due to widespread effects of COVID-19 on mental health

Entries are now open for the 2020 Mindset Award for Workplace Mental Health Reporting and its French counterpart, le prix En-Tête pour le reportage en santé mentale au travail.

The competitions recognizes public interest journalism that investigates and “materially advances public awareness or understanding of significant issues involving workplace mental health,” according to the awards rules webpage.

The Mindset Awards are presented by the Canadian Journalism Forum on Violence and Trauma, which published the third edition of the Mindset Reporting on Mental Health Guide in November 2020.

Each award has a first place prize of $1,000 and honourable mention prizes of $250.

Given the exceptional circumstances of the past year, the organization said jurors will have more flexibility in deciding the number and value of prizes awarded.

There are two distinct prizes for work in English and French. To qualify, the entries must have been published or broadcast for the first time in Canada during 2020.

Individual journalists can submit one application, while media organizations can submit up to four. Team submissions are accepted.

The awards are sponsored by Workplace Strategies for Mental Health, a resource guide created by Canada Life.

Entries are due on Feb. 12 at 5 p.m. ET and will be judged by an independent panel of jurors. There are no application fees.

For more information about the awards rules and how to apply, visit the Mindset website