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.
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.
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Actor Rob Mokaraka wishes he’d spoken to somebody earlier about the way he’d been feeling.
Yvonne O’Hara was late coming to journalism, but fast catching up. “I had always wanted to be a journalist but only started training at what was then Wellington Polytechnic when I was 35,” she says.
2015 media grant fellow Rachel Ross was 22 when she became aware she was experiencing anxiety and panic disorder, and had unknowingly been living with it for many years.
When Mike Wesley-Smith left his career in law five years ago for a new future in journalism, he wasn’t sure where that road would lead him.
Having the courage to speak out is the way that issues can become resolved.