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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.