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$30,000 worth of journalism grants up for grabs

$30,000 worth of journalism grants up for grabs

The 2018 NZ Mental Health Media Grants are open for applications. Register your interest to receive an application pack.

Use your storytelling talents, profile and platform 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 support from the Like Minds, Like Mine programme, there's up to $30,000 available for three journalism projects.

Over the past decade the journalism grants 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.

Journalism grants are focused around themes which explore the diverse experiences of mental distress, help challenge the negative attitudes and behaviours that can make life harder for people who live with it and shine a light on how we can all be more supportive and understanding.

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 (MHF) welcomes project proposals from journalists, photojournalists and those freelancing in print, radio or TV media. Journalism and photojournalism students may also apply.

Applications close Friday 12 October 2018 at 5pm.

ENDS

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