Are you a journalist or a creative artist who wants to change attitudes towards people living with mental distress?

The 2018 New Zealand Mental Health Media Grants are now open for applications

Use your talents, skills and experience to reduce stigma and discrimination and make Aotearoa a more accepting and inclusive place for people who experience mental distress. 

There are three journalism grants and two creative grants on offer, worth up to $10,000 each.

Applications close Friday, 12 October at 5pm.

Register your interest to receive a 2018 application pack.

Background

The New Zealand Mental Health Media Grants were first established in 2007 as a partnership between the Mental Health Foundation and Like Minds, Like Mine Programme. Previous projects have been successful in challenging people’s perceptions of the experience of mental distress and the journey to recovery by producing emotive and thought-provoking current affairs packages, plays, music, art exhibitions, magazine articles, documentaries and more.

Over the past nine years, 12 journalists, 16 artists, writers, playwrights, filmmakers, musicians or poets have been awarded a NZ Mental Health Media Grant. Take a look at some of the creative and journalism grant recipients’ work.

What is the focus for 2018?

This year’s focus for both the creative and journalistic grants is to help reduce discrimination and increase social inclusion by informing the public about mental health issues and experiences. Projects need to increase understanding and support for people with experience of mental distress.

Your grant application must centre around one of the following themes:

Creative Grants Themes

Grant One:
  • Busting the myths. A creative project exploring the myths and misunderstandings associated with experiences of mental distress.
Grant Two - choose from the following themes:
  • Culturally speaking: perceptions of mental distress from a Te Ao Māori worldview. A media project exploring how the experience of mental distress is seen from a Māori worldview.
  • Where I belong. mental distress, dignity and human rights. A media project exploring responses to people in mental distress.
  • Youth. A media project that explores how our rangatahi navigate their experiences of mental distress.
  • Workplaces. A media project exploring the role of work in mental wellbeing.
  • Serious mental distress. A media project exploring serious and ongoing mental distress and the myths surrounding the people who live with it.

Journalistic Grant Themes

Grant one (Frozen Funds):

Culturally speaking: perceptions of mental distress from a Te Ao Māori worldview. A media project exploring how the experience of mental distress is seen from a Māori worldview.

Grants two and three – choose from the following themes:
  • Where I belong: mental distress, dignity and human rights. A media project exploring responses to people in mental distress.
  • Youth. A media project that explores how our rangatahi navigate their experiences of mental distress.
  • Workplaces. A media project exploring the role of work in mental wellbeing.
  • Serious mental distress. A media project exploring serious and ongoing mental distress and the myths surrounding the people who live with it.

All projects must address discrimination and social exclusion. Applications for research projects, service delivery or study costs will not be accepted. Projects about suicide, eating disorders, autism, dementia or neurological disorders are not covered by these grants. 

Who can apply?

Creative Grants are open to artists, creative writers, musicians and performers. Students in these disciplines are welcome to apply.

Journalistic Grants are open to TV, print, radio, online journalists and photojournalists. Students in these disciplines are welcome to apply.

Copyright information

The New Zealand Mental Health Media Grants were first established in 2007 as a partnership between the Mental Health Foundation and the Like Minds, Like Mine Programme.

Register your interest to receive a 2018 application pack. Applications close Friday, 12 October at 5pm.

For any questions, please email:

Gina Giordani
info@mediagrants.org.nz