Are you a journalist or a creative artist who wants to change attitudes towards mental distress?
Five grants worth up to $10,000 each are now available for three journalism and two creative projects focusing on mental health issues.
The Mental Health Foundation (MHF) welcomes project proposals from journalists, photojournalists and those freelancing in print, radio or TV media; as well as artists, creative writers, musicians, and performers. Journalism, photojournalism and creative students may also apply.
“A new survey shows New Zealanders are less accepting of mental illness than they are of sexuality and religion, so in 2015 we have up to $50,000 available thanks to ongoing sponsorship from the Frozen Funds Charitable Trust and support from the Like Minds, Like Mine national programme,” MHF chief executive Judi Clements says.
“We’ve had some exciting and award-winning journalism and creative projects over the past eight years,” Ms Clements says. “Most recently, Charlotte Bellis from Prime’s 60 Minutes and Sonya Wilson from TVNZ’s 20/20 have completed bodies of work which have tackled topics such as postnatal depression, depression in elite sport and youth mental health.
“And creative works such Jessica Le Bas’ collection of poetry Walking to Africa, Sam RB’s album Seems I Might Be Human and The Silk Tent Company’s play Girl with No Words, still resonate with people,” she says.
The grants allow applicants time to investigate a news story or more fully explore a creative project idea before sharing their work with other New Zealanders via several platforms. Stories and creative works should have a strong focus on positive experiences as well as acknowledging the challenges that are encountered on the recovery journey.
Previous projects have been particularly successful in challenging people’s perceptions of the experience of mental distress and the journey to recovery by decreasing stigma and discrimination and increasing awareness and understanding associated with experience of mental distress.
Applications now open. Closing date 2 September 2015
For more information, please contact:
Cate Hennessy, Media Grants Co-ordinator
021 687 426 or firstname.lastname@example.org