Journalism Fellows

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down on the farmOver the past nine years, 12 journalists have been awarded a NZ Mental Health Media Grant.

Between 2012–2016, the Frozen Funds Charitable Trust sponsored these grants. In 2015–2016, additional journalism grants were offered with new funding from the Health Promotion Agency.

Yvonne O'Hara (2015)

Project: Yvonne completed and published her second resource in her Down on the Farm series in June 2016. Down on the Farm: Rural families and mental health in the South a four-page rural resource was delivered to 38,500 rural families. 

Kim Vinnell (2015)

Project: Kim's project, exploring mental health and the workplace, aired on TV3's Story in November 2015. Watch Mental illness in the workplace and Protecting our mental health at work. Read Blogs from musician Ben Read, mindfulness trainer Stephen Archer and psychotherapist Kyle MacDonald. Visit Story's Mental Health Hub.

Charlotte Bellis (2014)

Project: Charlotte’s media grant project is an investigative 60 Minutes story about postnatal depression, broadcast on Prime TV in May 2015. A Mother's Anguish explores a maternal mental health service in the North Island targeting 650 mothers and babies each year – and talks to those with personal experience of postnatal depression.

Chris Barton (2013)

Project: An investigative, feature length article published in the July 2014 issue of North & South magazine. This 12-page special report is called Speaking out about suicide.

The article is also available online at www.speakingoutaboutsuicide.com and includes video interviews with some of those people profiled alongside longer versions of their stories.

Dylan Cleaver (2012)

Project: A four-day special report in the NZ Herald called Sport's dark shadow about mental health in elite sport. It comprises of several articles ranging from pressures facing cricket and rugby players, to the positive influence of ex-players like Sir John Kirwan.

Sonya Wilson (2012)

Project: A mental health special on TVNZ's 20/20. Stories included: depression in elite sportsmen, a look at anxiety disordersmental health in youth, and an interview with comedian and mental health campaigner Ruby Wax.

Guy Frederick (2011)

Project: A photojournalism project and exhibition called The Space Between Words. It chronicles the internal journeys of 14 individuals in the two years following the devastating Canterbury earthquakes as they rebuild their lives and flourish again.

Aaron Smale (2010)

Project: A feature article called The Stranger You Know in North & South magazine about the links between adoption and mental distress - an issue that has affected the mental health of a significant number of New Zealanders.

Gareth Watkins (2009)

Project: Watch Rainbow Touchstones, a series of digital stories around mental health issues in New Zealand's lesbian, gay, transgender and intersex community.

Yvonne O'Hara (2009)

Project: A 16-page newspaper supplement on rural mental health called Down on the Farm: depression and mental health in the rural South. It outlined the issues causing stress and depression among farmers in Otago and Southland.

Amanda Cropp (2008)

Project: A feature article for North & South magazine called No Refuge focussed on mental health issues facing refugees in New Zealand.

Halina Ogonowska-Coates (2007)

Project: A narrative media archive about people's personal experience of mental illness and a radio documentary about the experiences of one of those people she interviewed.