$50,000 worth of media grants up for grabs

28 Aug, 2018

The Mental Health Foundation (MHF) is pleased to announce the 2018 NZ Mental Health Media Grants are open for applications.

Use your journalism or creative talents to help make Aotearoa a place where people who live with mental distress and their whānau are accepted, included and treated with respect and dignity.

Thanks to ongoing sponsorship from the Frozen Funds Charitable Trust and the Like Minds, Like Mine programme, there's up to $50,000 available for three journalism projects and two creative projects.

Over the past decade the journalism recipients have produced some award-winning work. Most recently Mike Wesley-Smith from The Nation tackled the topic of mental distress in New Zealand’s criminal justice system, Katie Kenny and Laura Walters from Fairfax Media, took us on a journey through the evolution of the mental health system, Jehan Casinader from TVNZ told stories of brave Kiwis who have beaten life's toughest challenges and Tess McClure from Vice delved into the fight to reclaim mental health in New Zealand.

Creative works such as Rob Mokaraka’s one man show Shot Bro, Sam RB’s album Seems I Might Be Human and Guy Frederick’s exhibition The Space Between Words have also helped to shine a light on the experience of mental distress and challenge the negative attitudes and behaviours that can make life harder for those who live with it.

Register your interest to receive an application pack. To support you in the application process and beyond, please see our new media guidelines which are designed to help journalists talk about mental distress and mental health issues safely, accurately and respectfully.

The Mental Health Foundation welcomes applications from journalists, photojournalists,  artists, creative writers, musicians and performers. Students in these fields may also apply.

Applications close Friday 12 October 2018 at 5pm.

For more information, please contact:

Gina Giordani
Grant Coordinator
Email: info@mediagrants.org.nz