Developed and administered by the Mental Health Foundation, the grants are a progression from the successful Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism New Zealand.
In 2001 New Zealand was one of the first countries outside of the United States invited to participate in the Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism.
From 2001 – 2005, the US programme awarded two $12,000 fellowships each year to successful New Zealand journalists to assist them in completing mental health media projects. The New Zealand Carter Center Fellows were:
The New Zealand Mental Health Media Grants help reduce stigma and discrimination by informing the public about mental health issues and experiences through projects that have a journalistic or creative focus.
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.